Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn moved quickly Friday to put Rod Blagojevich’s scandal-ridden tenure behind him, signing his first executive order and saying he wants to “fumigate state government.”
Quinn’s order officially put the Illinois Reform Commission under the office of the governor. He had created the commission when he was still lieutenant governor, after Blagojevich’s arrest last month on federal corruption charges.
The 60-year-old Quinn was elevated to Illinois’ chief executive on Thursday when the state Senate voted 59-0 to convict Blagojevich of abuse of power, automatically ousting him. He became the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment.
“We’ve had a body blow to our politics and government in the last seven weeks and two days but that’s over,” Quinn said at a news conference. “Today is a beginning, a start. ... We’re going to start to fumigate state government from top to bottom to make sure it has no corruption.”