"Gov. Rod Blagojevich was thrown out of office Thursday without a single lawmaker coming to his defense, brought down by a government-for-sale scandal that stretched from Chicago to Capitol Hill and turned the foul-mouthed politician into a national punchline."
The Chicago Tribune profiles the state's new governor, Pat Quinn. "Patrick Quinn slipped into the Capitol on Thursday morning barely noticed, a perpetual No. 2 whose very office and three-decade career have at times been political punch lines. Hours later, the dismissive snickering had been replaced by deferential smiles after Quinn took the oath of office to become Illinois' governor. The throng of well-wishers on the House floor was thick as lawmakers competed to kiss the proverbial ring of a low-profile colleague who'd made an unlikely ascension."