The Changing Of The Guards by Chuck Goudie
ABC7's I-Team has documented accidents, negligence and misconduct by some state police officers who guard Governor Rod Blagojevich and Illinois' First Family.
Tonight the I-Team takes you inside what amounts to Illinois' secret service. It supposed to be an elite, well-oiled force of specially-trained, highly disciplined state police agents willing to take a bullet for the boss.
But since Governor Blagojevich was elected, there has been a changing of the guards who protect him. Not only have the commanders been replaced, so have most of the three dozen officers. Critics claim the squad is mismanaged and overrun by mistakes.
Over the past three months, the ABC7 I-Team watched the governor and his troopers travel around Illinois and across the country. From Calumet City to California, whether by car, by plane or by helicopter, whether walking in public or brushing his hair before going out, Governor Rod Blagojevich and his family are constantly surrounded by Illinois State Police vehicles and armed guards.