Illinois With one former Illinois governor in prison and another facing corruption charges, the state’s Senate decided Thursday to let voters choose whether they want the power to recall crooked governors in the future.
The Senate’s vote means a constitutional amendment will be placed on the ballot in November 2010. If it passes, Illinois will adopt a convoluted mechanism for recalling governors seen as corrupt or incompetent.
“The very best way to make sure the governor does the right thing all the time is to have in our constitution the power of recall,” said Gov. Pat Quinn, who took office in January after his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich, was impeached. “I think we will see this is the ultimate ethics measure.”