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Republican governor makes Illinois a sanctuary state
Republican governor makes Illinois a sanctuary state
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: Fox News
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrested
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrested
Published: 2008/12/09
Channel: Jaison James
J.B. Pritzker Officially Announces His Run For Illinois Governor
J.B. Pritzker Officially Announces His Run For Illinois Governor
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: CBS Chicago
Illinois Governor: “We’re Like a Banana Republic”
Illinois Governor: “We’re Like a Banana Republic”
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Martin Brodel
2015 Illinois Inauguration: Governor Bruce Rauner
2015 Illinois Inauguration: Governor Bruce Rauner
Published: 2015/01/12
Channel: Chicago Sun-Times
Chris Kennedy Will Run For Illinois Governor
Chris Kennedy Will Run For Illinois Governor
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: CBS Chicago
Chance The Rapper Upset After Meeting With The Illinois Governor
Chance The Rapper Upset After Meeting With The Illinois Governor
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: Complex News
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner - Ending Spring Session In Stunning Failure
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner - Ending Spring Session In Stunning Failure
Published: 2016/06/03
Channel: Dan Adams
Illinois Governor Vetoes Budget Proposal
Illinois Governor Vetoes Budget Proposal
Published: 2017/07/04
Channel: Wochit Politics
Illinois governor vetoes budget plan
Illinois governor vetoes budget plan
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: Fox Business
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the 2018 race for Illinois Governor
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the 2018 race for Illinois Governor
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: Chicago Sun-Times blogs
The Illinois House of Representatives impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich (D)
The Illinois House of Representatives impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich (D)
Published: 2009/01/30
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Illinois Governor Candidate JB Pritzker on Independents and Money In Politics
Illinois Governor Candidate JB Pritzker on Independents and Money In Politics
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Hard Lens Media
Progressive Candidates for Governor of Illinois 2017
Progressive Candidates for Governor of Illinois 2017
Published: 2017/10/09
Channel: The Existentialists
Illinois governor blocks $15 minimum wage
Illinois governor blocks $15 minimum wage
Published: 2017/08/27
Channel: Newsy
Day One: JB hits the road for governor of Illinois
Day One: JB hits the road for governor of Illinois
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: JB Pritzker
Illinois governor signs
Illinois governor signs 'sanctuary state' bill into law
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: Fox News
Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich
Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich's Prison Term Upheld
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: Wochit News
Senator Bernie Sanders Calls Out Illinois Governor
Senator Bernie Sanders Calls Out Illinois Governor
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: Defeat Donald Trump In 2020
FOX 32 Sunday: The Next Governor of Illinois
FOX 32 Sunday: The Next Governor of Illinois
Published: 2015/01/10
Channel: FOX 32 Chicago
REALIST NEWS - Illinois Tax Rate Soars 32% After Senate Overrides Governor Veto
REALIST NEWS - Illinois Tax Rate Soars 32% After Senate Overrides Governor Veto
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: jsnip4
Daniel Biss For Governor Of Illinois Ad
Daniel Biss For Governor Of Illinois Ad
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Defeat Donald Trump In 2020
Jon Stewart for Illinois Governor
Jon Stewart for Illinois Governor
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Jon Stewart
Meeting The Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, To Receive an Award. MedSpeak Vlog 1
Meeting The Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, To Receive an Award. MedSpeak Vlog 1
Published: 2016/11/20
Channel: Med Speak
Bill O
Bill O'Reilly Interviews Rod Blagojevich on Former Illinois Governor's Indictment
Published: 2010/02/12
Channel: tpaflan
Blagojevich Ousted As Illinois
Blagojevich Ousted As Illinois' Governor
Published: 2009/01/30
Channel: Associated Press
Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner Calls For Special Session
Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner Calls For Special Session
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: FM NewsTalk 97.1 - Fox News Radio - St. Louis, MO
Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy's campaign video for 2018 Illinois governor run
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: current news
The Governor of Illinois Just Gave The NFL a Piece of His Mind!
The Governor of Illinois Just Gave The NFL a Piece of His Mind!
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: End Times Prophecy News
Vote Tio Hardiman for Governor of Illinois 2018
Vote Tio Hardiman for Governor of Illinois 2018
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: My Life In The Chi
Illinois Governor Optimistic on 2017 State Budget
Illinois Governor Optimistic on 2017 State Budget
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Wochit News
Tio Hardiman for Governor of Illinois 2018
Tio Hardiman for Governor of Illinois 2018
Published: 2017/10/11
Channel: My Life In The Chi
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Illinois governor's race expected to cost $300M
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: Newsy
Emma Smith and the Governor of Illinois
Emma Smith and the Governor of Illinois
Published: 2011/11/18
Channel: Mormon Channel
AWKWARD: Teleprompter Goes Down For Illinois Governor - Some Blame The Russians (FNN)
AWKWARD: Teleprompter Goes Down For Illinois Governor - Some Blame The Russians (FNN)
Published: 2017/02/15
Channel: FOX 10 Phoenix
William J. Kelly is Rauner
William J. Kelly is Rauner's GOP opponent for Illinois Governor
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Citizen Kelly
Illinois Governor Arrested on Federal Charges
Illinois Governor Arrested on Federal Charges
Published: 2008/12/09
Channel: Associated Press
Ameya Pawar for Governor: One Illinois Day 7
Ameya Pawar for Governor: One Illinois Day 7
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: Ameya Pawar
Illinois Governor To Block Chicago Schools
Illinois Governor To Block Chicago Schools' Funding Boost
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: Wochit Politics
Bob Daiber Announcement to Run for Illinois Governor
Bob Daiber Announcement to Run for Illinois Governor
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: Bob Daiber
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It's A Showdown For Illinois Governor
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: Wochit News
Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner Vetos Budget then Speaker, Michael Madigan, Leads Veto Override
Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner Vetos Budget then Speaker, Michael Madigan, Leads Veto Override
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: FYNTV FetchYourNews
Vote for Tio Hardiman for Governor of Illinois 2018
Vote for Tio Hardiman for Governor of Illinois 2018
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: My Life In The Chi
RFK
RFK's Son to Run for Governor in Illinois
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Wochit News
Illinois Governor in Federal Custody (Press Conference)
Illinois Governor in Federal Custody (Press Conference)
Published: 2008/12/09
Channel: DJJOSHR
Ira
Ira's Open Letter To Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: Archangels of Justice
Former Illinois Governor Arrives At Wisconsin Prison
Former Illinois Governor Arrives At Wisconsin Prison
Published: 2007/11/08
Channel: WISN 12 News
JB Pritzker: “I’m running for governor of Illinois”
JB Pritzker: “I’m running for governor of Illinois”
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: JB Pritzker
Me and the Illinois Governor!
Me and the Illinois Governor!
Published: 2017/09/23
Channel: dr cookie
Former Illinois Governor Dan Walker (Part 1 of 4)
Former Illinois Governor Dan Walker (Part 1 of 4)
Published: 2007/06/20
Channel: IllinoisChannelTV
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Governor of Illinois
Seal of Illinois.svg
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Incumbent
Bruce Rauner

since January 12, 2015
Residence Illinois Executive Mansion
Term length Four years, no term limits
Inaugural holder Shadrach Bond
Formation October 2, 1818 (1818-10-02)
Salary $177,412 (2015)[1]
Website www.illinois.gov/gov/

The Governor of Illinois is the chief executive of the State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the state constitution. It is a directly elected position, votes being cast by popular suffrage of residents of the state. The governor is responsible for enacting laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly. Illinois is one of 14 states with no gubernatorial term-limit. The governor is commander-in-chief of the state's land, air and sea forces, when they are in state service.

The current governor is Republican Bruce Rauner, who succeeded Democrat Pat Quinn in 2015.

Qualifications[edit]

The term of office of Governor of Illinois is four years, and there is no limit on the number of terms a governor may serve. Inauguration takes place on the second Monday in January following a gubernatorial election. A single term ends four years later. 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

Residence[edit]

The governor is allowed the occupancy of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield, the state capital. Its first occupant was Governor Joel Aldrich Matteson, who 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 use the governor's homes as their primary residence, instead commuting either by car or plane to Springfield from their home cities.[2] 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 former governor James R. Thompson (1977-1991) Illinois' longest-serving governor.

Corruption[edit]

Six Illinois governors have been charged with crimes during or after their governorships; four were convicted, and of those, one (Blagojevich) was the first to be impeached and removed from office.

Acquitted[edit]

  • Len Small (R), governor from 1921 to 1929, was indicted in office for corruption. He was acquitted; thereafter, eight of the jurors received state jobs. Among his defense lawyers was a former governor, Joseph W. Fifer, who asserted in pre-trial hearings, that the governorship has the divine right of kings.[3]
  • William G. Stratton (R), governor from 1953 to 1961, was acquitted of tax evasion in 1965.[4]

Convicted[edit]

  • Otto Kerner, Jr. (D), governor from 1961 to 1968; Stratton's successor and later a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was convicted of 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury, and income-tax charges from his time as governor,[5] and received three years in prison and a $50,000 fine in 1973. He was prosecuted by future Illinois governor Jim Thompson.[5]
  • Daniel Walker (D), governor from 1973 to 1977, was later involved in the savings and loan scandals and convicted of federal crimes related to fraudulent loans to himself from his own First American Savings & Loan Association of Oak Brook. He was sentenced to seven years in prison with five years of probation following his release.[6]
  • George Ryan (R), governor from 1999 to 2003, was convicted in 2006 of corruption related to his time as Illinois Secretary of State in the 1990s, when commercial driver's licenses were issued to unqualified truckers in exchange for bribes, and one of the truckers was involved in a crash that killed six children. Former governor Jim Thompson, whom Ryan had served under as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in the 1980s, was manager of the law firm that defended Ryan.[7] Ryan was released in 2013.
  • Rod Blagojevich (D), governor from 2003 to 2009, and Ryan's successor, was impeached and removed from office by the Illinois General Assembly in a unanimous vote in January 2009 after being tied to multiple "pay to play" schemes, including attempting to sell the former Senate seat of recently elected President Barack Obama.[8] In August 2010, he was convicted of lying to the FBI in connection with the investigation, but the jury deadlocked on 23 other charges.[9] Blagojevich was retried on 20 counts from his 2010 trial and on June 27, 2011, Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts of fraud, acquitted on one count and the jury was hung on two. On December 7, 2011, Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Governors' Salaries, 2015". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Illinois Governor Has Pricey Commute". CBS News. February 11, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Ridings, Jim (June 10, 2010). "Len Small & Rod Blagojevich: A Study in Corruption". Chicago Daily Observer. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Other Illinois governors in legal trouble since 1901". Chicago Tribune. June 19, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The 70's, the Decade That Brought You Modern Life (for Better or Worse). New York: Basic Books. p. 29. ISBN 0-465-04195-7. 
  6. ^ Pensoneau, Taylor; Ellis, Bob (August–September 1993). "Remember Dan Walker, the last Democrat to be governor?". Illinois Issues. University of Illinois at Springfield. 19 (8–9): 45–47. ISSN 0738-9663. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kass, John (February 24, 2006). "Special witness poses a special threat". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ Long, Ray; Pearson, Rick (January 9, 2009). "House impeaches Blagojevich". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Breaking News Center. Archived from the original on April 2, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2009. 
  9. ^ Coen, Jeff; Chase, John; Secter, Bob; St. Clair, Stacy; Mack, Kristen (August 17, 2010). "Guilty on just 1 count, Blago taunts U.S. attorney". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Breaking News Center. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 

Notes[edit]

1.α Current governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner, who is independently wealthy, has previously stated that he would only accept $1 in salary.[1] In 2015, the Council of State Governments reported that Rauner had returned all but $1 of his salary to the State of Illinois.[2] However, the pay rate for the title of governor in Illinois remains at $177,412.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Korecki, Natasha. "For Rauner, it's essential that every dollar matters - Chicago". Chicago. Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Burnett, Jennifer. "Governors' Salaries, 2015". knowledgecenter.csg.org. CSG Knowledge Center. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 

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