As 2009 comes to an end, it is a good opportunity to reflect on some of the year’s biggest issues and look ahead to those that we will address in the coming year.

REMOVING BLAGOJEVICH FROM OFFICE

One of the most highly publicized news stories of 2009 was the first-ever impeachment of a sitting governor—Rod Blagojevich. The Senate Tribunal voted unanimously (59-0) on January 29 to remove Blagojevich from office and then voted, again unanimously, to disqualify him from holding future public office in Illinois.

The former Governor’s removal provided an unprecedented opportunity for reform in Illinois; however, it will take years for Illinois to recover from the flawed policies, programs and rampant corruption that were advanced by the Blagojevich Administration.

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