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Quinn Questions Blagojevich's Security

Ill. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn (state of Illinois photo)

By Illinois Public Radio

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois' Governor and Lt. Governor are at odds over the issue of personal security.

A Chicago TV Station (WLS) last week reported that Gov. Rod Blagojevich may be using excessive security staff, especially on out of state personal travel. The report goes on to liken bodyguards to personal cheuffers, who spend as much time hauling baby strollers as they do protecting the governor.

Lt. Governor Pat Quinn has been a long critic of high-ranking officials using security at taxpayer expense. And he says he's not concerned about whether his statements will rankle the governor.

"The voters elected me," Quinn says. "I've been on this issue a long time - more than a decade - and I really think politicians of both parties who have too many security guards need to cut back immediately and remember it's the taxpayers' money that needs to be protected, as well."

The governor is defending and also distancing himself from his security detail, noting they make the decisions about his protection.

The Illinois State Police is investigating the matter.

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