Ill. Officials Look To Leave 'Sad Chapter' Behind


Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan discusses removing Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, in Chicago. Madigan threatened to go to the state Supreme Court to have Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn't resign soon or get impeached. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Illinois' top elected officials say they look forward to working with new Gov. Pat Quinn and putting the "sad chapter" of his predecessors' administration behind them.

In a statement issued Thursday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's committed to moving Illinois beyond "this sad chapter" and she pledged to work with Quinn to restore people's trust in government.

Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes says he supports the state Senate's decision to remove Rod Blagojevich from office.

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias says today marks a "new beginning" and that the state now has a governor who values "collaboration over combativeness."

Shortly after Quinn took the oath of office, Secretary of State Jesse White congratulated him.

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