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Auditor General Pleads Guilty to DUI


Illinois Auditor General William Holland has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

Holland appeared in Sangamon County Circuit Court on Thursday. Associate Circuit Judge Rudolph Braud sentenced the 61-year Holland to a year's court supervision and ordered him to pay court fees of $1,555.

Illinois State Police stopped Holland in Springfield on Feb. 6.

He has been the state's auditor since 1992. In a statement Thursday, Holland said he made a mistake and is grateful no one was hurt or property damaged.

Holland said as auditor general he holds government officials accountable and "as a citizen, I must be held to the same standard.''

Holland has been auditor general since 1992 and just last year was appointed to a third, 10-year term. He has earned high praise for his no-nonsense approach.