Governor of Illinois

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The Governor of the State of Illinoisis an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Illinois. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limits.

Current officer

The 41st and current governor of Illinois is Pat Quinn, a Democrat. Quinn became governor after the Illinois State Senate voted to remove Rod Blagojevich from office. Quinn won a full term in the November 2010 midterms, which he began serving in January 2011.

As Quinn is divorced, there is no official First Lady of Illinois.

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section 8:

The Governor shall have the supreme executive power, and shall be responsible for the faithful execution of the laws.

Election

Inauguration takes place on the second Monday in January following a gubernatorial election.

Vacancies

Duties

Requirements

A governor is required to be:

  • at least twenty-five years old,
  • a United States citizen,
  • a resident of Illinois for three years prior to election.

Compensation

Official residence

The governor of Illinois resides in the Illinois Executive Mansion at 410 East Jackson in Springfield, Illinois. Its first occupant was Governor Joel Aldrich Matteson. He took residence at the mansion in 1855. It is one of three oldest governor's residences in continuous use in the United States.

The governor is also given the use of an official residence on the state fair grounds, also located in Springfield. Governors have traditionally used this residence part of the year.

However, some governors, such as Rod Blagojevich, have chosen to not to use the governor's homes as their primary residence, instead commuting either by car or plane to Springfield from their home cities. Many Chicago-based governors also have done much of their business out of the governor's office in Chicago's James R. Thompson Center, an office building owned by the state named for the governor who served through the 1980's.

Corruption

Six Illinois governors have been charged with crimes, either during their administrations or after.

The first, Lennington Small, was acquitted. Otto Kerner, Jr., Daniel Walker, and George Ryan all served time in prison. William G. Stratton was acquitted of tax evasion charges.

Former governor Rod Blagojevich was charged by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald with several offenses, including mail fraud and wire fraud, and attempting to sell Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat for personal financial and influential gain. He was impeached on January 9, 2009, by the Illinois House of Representatives, and removed from office by the Illinois Senate on January 29, 2009. He was not sentenced to prison. Blagojevich was the first Illinois governor to be impeached.

Contact information

Springfield
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-0244
TTY: 888-261-3336

Chicago
Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-2121

See also

External links

References

Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.