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Governor of Illinois
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Pat Quinn

since January 29, 2009
Residence Illinois Executive Mansion
Term length Four years, no term limit
Inaugural holder Shadrach Bond
Formation October 2, 1818

The Governor of Illinois is the chief executive of the State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the state constitution. It is a directly elected position, votes being cast by popular suffrage of residents of the state. The governor is responsible for enacting laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly. Illinois is one of 14 states with no gubernatorial term-limit. The current Governor of Illinois is Pat Quinn, a Democrat who became governor upon the vote of the Illinois Senate to remove Rod Blagojevich from office.[1]



The term of office of Governor of Illinois is four years, and there is no limit on the number of terms a governor may serve. Inauguration takes place on the second Monday in January following a gubernatorial election. A single term ends four years later. A Governor is required to be:

  • at least twenty-five years old,
  • a United States citizen,
  • a resident of Illinois for three years prior to election
  • barred from other governmental positions during their term.

Residences and offices

The Governor of Illinois resides in the Illinois Executive Mansion at 410 East Jackson in Springfield. Its first occupant was Governor Joel Aldrich Matteson. He took residence at the mansion in 1855. It is one of three oldest governor's residences in continuous use in the United States.

The governor is also given the use of an official residence on the state fair grounds, also located in Springfield. Governors have traditionally used this residence part of the year.

However, some governors, such as Rod Blagojevich, have chosen to not to use the governor's homes as their primary residence, instead commuting either by car or plane to Springfield from their home cities.[2] Many Chicago-based governors also have done much of their business out of the governor's office in Chicago's James R. Thompson Center, an office building owned by the state named for the governor who served through the 1980's.


Six Illinois governors have been charged with crimes during or after their governorships; four were convicted, and of those, one (Blagojevich) was first impeached and removed from office.

See also


  1. ^ a b Long, Ray; Rick Pearson (January 9, 2009). "House impeaches Blagojevich". Chicago Breaking News ( Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
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  3. ^ Ridings, Jim (2010-06-10). "Len Small & Rod Blagojevich: A Study in Corruption". Chicago Daily Observer. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  4. ^ Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 29. ISBN 0465041957. 
  5. ^ Coen, Jeff; Chase, John; Secter, Bob; St. Clair, Stacy; Mack, Kristen (2010-08-17). "Guilty on just 1 count, Blago taunts U.S. attorney". Chicago Breaking News (Chicago: Tribune Company). Retrieved 2010-08-18. 

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