Gov. Pat Quinn moved quickly Friday to put Rod Blagojevich's scandal-ridden tenure behind him, signing his first executive order and saying he wants to “fumigate state government.”
Quinn's order officially put the Illinois Reform Commission under the office of the governor. He had created the commission when he was still lieutenant governor, after Blagojevich's arrest last month on federal corruption charges.
Quinn, 60, was elevated to Illinois' chief executive Thursday when the state Senate voted to convict Blagojevich of abuse of power, automatically ousting him.
“Today is a beginning, a start. … We're going to start to fumigate state government from top to bottom to make sure it has no corruption,” Quinn said at a news conference.
Quinn, a Democrat like his predecessor, pledged to work with lawmakers and other state officials to get the job done. But he quickly came under fire from the Illinois Republican Party, which said he stood by while Blagojevich committed the actions that led to his impeachment.