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Blagojevich won't say if he's been subpoenaed

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich (UPI photo)

By IL Public Radio

chicago, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich won't say whether he's been subpoenaed by a grand jury in Chicago.

That grand jury is looking into allegations that the governor's chief fund-raiser traded jobs for campaign contributions.

And the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times both report subpoenas have been sent to the governor's office, along with unpaid advisers, agency directors and leading fundraisers. They're looking for contract and appointment records.

But the governor is staying mum: "With regard to commenting on any specifics, as a former prosecutor, that would be against the law. And people who are commenting on that are violating the law."

"So I can only tell you that we're going to cooperate and we look forward to full vindication and to quote Teddy Roosevelt, 'we're as clean as a hound's tooth' when it comes to those things."

The governor's father-in-law - Chicago Alderman Richard Mell - made the accusation after Blagojevich shut down a landfill for environmental violations. The landfill was operated by a distant Mell family relative; Mell later recanted his accusation.

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