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Governor Blagojevich Impeached

The Illinois Senate unanimously voted for Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s impeachment on Thursday based on charges of abuse of power.

A four-day trial led to the conviction. The senate’s unanimous vote impeached Blagojevich and banned him from ever holding public office in Illinois again. According to Yahoo! News, the case included criminal charges and allegations he broke the law when he hired “state workers, expanded a health care program without legislative approval and spent $2.6 million on flu vaccine that went to waste.?

Yahoo! News states federal prosecutors are also drawing up an indictment against him on corruption charges. Blagojevich was arrested on Dec. 9 by federal agents for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant seat in the Senate, among other things.

He was recorded on government wiretaps trying to barter the seat for campaign cash or for a plum job for himself or his wife.

The New York Times reports that about an hour after the conviction, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, 60, took the oath of office.

“My mission here in the next 700 days is to work as hard as I can for those who don’t have lobbyists in Springfield,? Quinn told reporters Thursday night.