State House Denies Public Funds for Blagojevich Portrait
The State House of Illinois voted Friday, March 26, to not allocate any funds for the portrait of impeached governor Rod Blagojevich that will be used in the Statehouse.
In a vote 85-23, the lawmakers denied the possibility of the using of public funds for the portrait of the former governor that is supposed to join the portraits of the previous 39 governors in a wing at the statehouse. The argument was that no funds collected from the people’s taxes should be spent for an impeached official.
This means that his portrait will not join the ranks unless he himself pays for it. The bill does not prohibit him from paying it using his own money. The portrait may cost up to 25,000 dollars.
Blogojevich was impeached following allegations of attempts to sell gubernatorial appointments and legislative authorizations to the highest bidder which includes the attempt to sell the appointment of the US Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama, who was deemed resigned upon assuming the position of President of the United States. He was replaced by his lieutenant Pat Quinn last January 29, 2009 after six years of service.