Gov. Blagojevich thrown out of office
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been ousted from office Thursday after lawmakers voted unanimously to convict him. The vote was televised live from the state capitol building in Springfield.
The state Senate voted 59 to 0 that Blagojevich abused his power and should be removed from office. The ouster marked the first time in 20 years that a sitting US governor was overthrown.
“I’m obviously saddened and disappointed by what’s happened, but not surprised,” Blagojevich said outside his Chicago home after being removed from office.
“It’s a very dangerous precedent to set,” he said. “Because a whole bunch of politicians have their own agenda.”
He was charged with trying to sell the seat vacated by Barack Obama when he was elected president. The legislators also unanimously voted to impose the “political death penalty” on Blagojevich, banning him from ever again holding office in Illinois.
Shortly thereafter, Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn was sworn in as the state’s new governor. Quinn, a Democrat, was elected to the office of lieutenant governor in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006.
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