Illinois Governor Stripped of Security

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) Gov. Pat Quinn canceled Blagojevich's security detail Thursday shortly after Blagojevich was removed from office by the state Senate.

Blagojevich became a private citizen again when the Senate voted
to boot him after an impeachment trial triggered by his arrest last
month on federal corruption charges.

Former Republican Gov. Jim Thompson has said it is customary in
Illinois to extend security to a former governor for one year to
ease the transition back to private life. The security team
provides protection and drives the ex-governor around.

But Quinn said the state police superintendent agreed with his
decision to end Blagojevich's protection, considering the
circumstances of Blagojevich's removal.

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