From the Chicago Tribune:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Senate voted to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office Thursday, marking the first time in the state’s long history of political corruption that a chief executive has been impeached and convicted.
The 59-0 vote followed several hours of public deliberation in which senator after senator stood up to blast Blagojevich, whose tenure lasted six years. And it came after a four-day impeachment trial on allegations that Blagojevich abused his power and sold his office for personal and political benefit.
The conviction on a sweeping article of impeachment means the governor was immediately removed from office. The Senate also unanimously voted to impose the “political death penalty” on Blagojevich, banning him from ever again holding office in Illinois.
Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn, Blagojevich’s two-time running mate, has become the state’s 41st governor.
To use a theatre metaphor, sometimes it’s an act of mercy when a show closes before its time.