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Blagojevich ties to keno questioned

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich (UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill. – There are new questions about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's ties to two people who work in the keno lottery game business.

Blagojevich this week proposed an Illinois keno game to pay for new school construction projects.

John Wyma is registered to lobby for G-TECH Corporation, which runs keno in nine other states. But Wyma was also the governor's chief of staff when Blagojevich was a congressman; Wyma has also been a top Blagojevich political adviser.

Milan Petrovic is a lobbyist for a firm representing Scientific Games International. He's also paid thousands of dollars in consulting fees by the governor's campaign.

The governor's office says it didn't know Wyma and Petrovic were involved with the firms and says any keno contract will be awarded competitively.

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