Illinois Governor is voted out of office for abuse of power charges.
Wired PR News.com – Disgraced Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich, is voted out of office Thursday after a four-day trial. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the Illinois Senate voted to impeach the governor 59-0, making him the first governor in the United States to be removed from office by impeachment in over 20 years.
Blagojevich became infamous over two months ago for allegations that he attempted to sell the open Senate seat of President Barack Obama. In accordance with the Senate’s decisions on Thursday, he will not be eligible to hold office in the state of Illinois ever again. The vote also automatically made Lt. Governor Patrick Quinn the state’s new governor.
Blagojevich now faces federal criminal charges for corruption. As noted in the AP report, he is expected to be charged by April for the alleged crime.
Senator Bradley Burzynski is quoted in the AP report as stating Thursday, “State government has come to a standstill because of lack of trust in this administration… We now have the opportunity to move forward, to begin moving past this era of corruption, pay-to-play politics and abuse of power.”