And About Those Benefits, Mr. Governor….

If the Senate convicts him, Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be removed from office and replaced by Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn, a fellow Democrat.

Blagojevich would stop receiving his $177,000-a-year salary upon a Senate conviction, with his final check prorated to the day of his removal.  It will be up to the state pension board to decide if he can keep his pension, but there is no rush to act because the 52-year-old Blagojevich isn't eligible to start collecting retirement benefits for another three years.

Also up in the air is what would happen Blagojevich's state security detail.

Traditionally, governors extend protection to their predecessor for a year, according to Republican former Gov. Jim Thompson. But it's "strictly a custom, not a right."

Quinn's office would not talk about what security Blagojevich might be given if he leaves office.

[Jan. 28:  Blago's Trial:  Prosecution Rests]

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