One year ago, history was made in Illinois when a Senate Tribunal voted to make Governor Rod Blagojevich the first Illinois Governor to be impeached and removed from office.

Senator Tim Bivins said that many hoped the former Governor’s removal would make way for positive change in Illinois, but the state continues to suffer from Blagojevich’s poor choices, coupled with fiscal mismanagement and a continued lack of leadership.

Illinois still has staggering debt and a budget crisis that has placed state services in jeopardy. Gov. Pat Quinn has come under fire for continuing to employ many of the Blagojevich Administration’s top employees and for retaining and, in some cases expanding, most of the former Governor’s programs, some of which played a role in his removal from office." />

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