Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Legislation That Bans Public Money to Pay for Portrait of Rod Blagojevich

Legislation that will keep Illinois taxpayers from paying for a portrait of a governor who was impeached and removed from office was signed Sunday by Gov.

Pat Quinn.

The governor OK'd the legislation – which applies only to his former running mate, Rod Blagojevich – with little comment. Quinn signed the bill along with a measure that requires elected officials convicted of public corruption to forfeit money derived from the corrupt activity.

"The people of Illinois have demanded reform and greater responsibility from their elected officials," Quinn said in a statement. "These new laws will help root out corruption in Illinois and stop elected officials from benefiting from the public trusts."

The "portrait bill" was sponsored in the House by Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, and in the Senate by Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign.