That didn't take long: Black's portrait bill headed to Quinn after minute of consideration in Senate

That didn't take long: Black's portrait bill headed to Quinn after minute of consideration in Senate

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate didn't waste much energy Tuesday debating a bill to prohibit the use of state funds for a portrait of an impeached and convicted governor.

In less than a minute, and with no debate, the Senate voted 52-1 to pass the bill (HB 5109) that was sponsored by Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign.

The only no vote came from Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-Moline.

The bill had been sponsored in the House – where it passed 85-23 – by Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville. It was aimed at former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and convicted by lawmakers in January 2009.

Black's bill originally barred any portrait of an impeached and convicted governor from hanging in the second floor of the State Capitol where the "Hall of Governors" is located. It later was amended to allow a portrait, provided it was paid for with private funds. Estimates of the cost of a large portrait like those in the hallway range from $8,000 to $20,000.

The bill now goes to Blagojevich's former running mate and successor, Gov. Pat Quinn, for his approval. A spokeswoman for Quinn said the governor's office will review the legislation when it receives it.