Thursday, January 29, 2009

EXTRA: Whose vote was deciding factor in first removal of an Illinois gov?

Illinois state Sen. John J. Millner, R-Bloomingdale, will get to be the answer to a political trivia question.

With a minimum of 40 of the 59 Illinois Senate members needed to vote “yes” to remove Rod Blagojevich from office, and the fact that all the Senate members voted “yes” Thursday afternoon on a roll call vote, Millner got the distinction of casting vote number 40 to dump on Milorod.

I’M WONDERING IF Millner is the type of guy who will forevermore boast about being “the guy” who dumped the corrupt governor Blagojevich from office. I also still can’t help but think that the overwhelming disgust expressed by the Legislature is a bit hypocritical, since there are some legislators whose behavior in office is no better (or worse) than the now-former governor.

For the record, the “yes” votes included state Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, whose father, Emil Jr., was one of Blagojevich’s biggest allies in the Legislature.

Even state Sen. Rickey Hendon, D-Chicago, who earlier this week gave an interview to the Chicago Sun-Times for what I thought was one of the best pieces of reporting I have read in recent weeks – about how the Senate itself supported some of the acts for which Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office – voted “yes.”

So now, we get Gov. Pat Quinn, whose 91-year-old mother, Eileen, made the trip to the “Statehouse in Springpatch” to see her son become Illinois Gov. No. 41. Her concern, according to WBBM-TV, is that her son will work too hard and strain himself.

ONE MORE POINT I must make before I pipe down on this issue (which I will be glad to see go away).

I never thought I'd see the day that Quinn would get a standing ovation from the General Assembly. Or, for that matter, the idea of anyone being happy at the thought of the Mighty Quinn being in charge.


EDITOR’S NOTES: John Millner may have achieved his political legacy on Tuesday (

Should we see if there’s an equivalent to impeachment for certain members of the (,CST-NWS-brown27.article) Illinois Senate?

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