House votes against state-funded Blagojevich portrait

2010-03-27T23:00:00Z House votes against state-funded Blagojevich portraitBy CHRIS ESSIG -- H&R Springfield Bureau Writer

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House on Friday moved to make it harder for a portrait of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich to eventually be hung in Capitol.

The chamber voted 85-23 to prohibit a portrait of a governor who is impeached and removed from office to be funded by the state. The legislation was aimed at Blagojevich, who was arrested and indicted on federal corruption charges. It now moves to the Senate for more debate.

Currently, every Illinois governor has his portrait hung in the Capitol, including George Ryan, who is in federal prison. A portrait of Blagojevich could still be hung in the Capitol if it wasn't funded by the state.

State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, supported the measure but didn't feel it went far enough. "Why does the state of Illinois pay for any portraits?" he asked.

Others felt personal feelings toward Blagojevich should be set aside to honor an Illinois tradition.

The legislation is House Bill 5109.|789-0865

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