Illinois Governor Thrown Out of Office

Staff Report

The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers have not only thrown out Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, they have barred him from ever holding public office in the state again.

Both votes were 59-0.

Blagojevich's removal comes nearly two months after his arrest on charges of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. He is the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn automatically became the new governor.

Earlier in the day, Blagojevich came to the Senate to make a  last-minute plea to save his job, warning lawmakers that they were about to set a "dangerous" and "chilling" precedent.