Last night the Illinois Senate voted 59-0 to remove Rod Blagojevich as governor, charging him with "a pattern of abusing power." Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn immediately assumed office and President Barack Obama wished him the best of luck in this statement:
"Today ends a painful episode for Illinois. For months, the state had been crippled by a crisis of leadership. Now that cloud has lifted. I wish Governor Quinn the best and pledge my full cooperation as he undertakes his new responsibilities."
Blagojevich is banned from holding future political office in Illinois. The disgraced former governor has not yet been indicted on the numerous fraud and extortion charges and "his criminal trial is months or possibly years away."