Impeached Governor Portraits Might Not Be a Cost to Taxpayers

Impeached Governor Portraits Might Not Be a Cost to Taxpayers
Photo/Joe Balynas
Impeached Governor Portraits Might Not Be a Cost to Taxpayers
Photo/Joe Balynas

Impeached Governor Portraits Might Not Be a Cost to Taxpayers

Illinois taxpayers might not have to pay to hang a portrait of impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich in the state capitol.

Oil paintings of Illinois’ past governors hang in the second floor of the Capitol building. Today, House members voted 85 to 23 to ban state-funded portraits of any governors who were thrown out of office, specifically Rod Blagojevich.

Bill sponsor William Black, a Republican from Danville, says a painting costs taxpayers more than $20,000.

BLACK: I also have no desire or intend to see to it that someone who’s impeached and convicted of impeachable offenses gets into the taxpayers purse for anything.

Some House members like Democrat Monique Davis of Chicago criticize the bill for trying to erase parts of state history. After the vote, Davis pointed out a specific portrait in the chamber.

DAVIS: Governor Ryan is hanging right there on that wall. Take a look up.

George Ryan is now in federal prison for corruption.

The measure allows an impeached governor to pay for his own portrait.