After a last ditch attempt by Impeached Illinois Governor Blagojevich, the Illinois State Senate has voted unanimously (59-0) to remove the Governor from office. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn becomes the new Governor by Illinois law and is expected to be sworn in later today. The State Senate also voted 59-0 to bar the former Governor from ever holding public office in Illinois again.
“He failed the test of character. He is beneath the dignity of the state of Illinois. He is no longer worthy to be our governor,” said Sen. Matt Murphy, a Republican from suburban Chicago.
The four day trial was boycotted by the embattled former governor until today when he made a futile attempt at a closing statement, although he refused to answer questions.
Today puts a head on the “Pay to Play” politics that has become a way of life in Illinois, Chicago and indeed national politics. Illinoisans has spoken through their elected officials and the Constitution and took the rare steps to remove a corrupt official from office. Let this be a loud and clear message to the rest of the politicians, locally and nationally, who continue or consider the use of their office for personal gain and unethical practices.