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Blagojevich Security Guards Under Investigation

Gov. Rod Blagojevich (UPI file photo)


Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Police is looking into the officers who are assigned to guard Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

A spokeswoman for the governor says Blagojevich supports the probe.

The investigation comes after a Chicago TV Station (WLS) detailed Blagojevich's use of state police cars and bodyguards, especially on trips out of state. A former guard for Gov. George Ryan says procedures are much different now than they were when he was guarding Ryan.

The TV report included accusations of negligence, reckless driving and improper use of state police cars.

Lt. Lincoln Hampton says the state police investigation is being done to ensure procedures are followed. "If anyone has done something wrong, then they should be held accountable," said Blagojevich spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff.

WLS reported that the governor's guards allowed friends to travel in police cars and failed to report seeing the governor's personal driver drinking on the job.

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