CHICAGO - The Illinois Senate unanimously voted 59 to 0 to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office for abusing his power, following a four-day impeachment trial during which senators heard what they described as "damning" evidence that he broke the law and sought to trade jobs, legislation, and President Obama's Senate seat for personal gain.
The Senate also then voted unanimously to permanently bar the 52-year-old Democrat from holding future state office. Lieut. Gov. Pat Quinn, 60, was expected to be immediately sworn into office as the new governor. The state's struggling economy and $2 billion budget deficit will top his agenda as he takes the reins of state government.