CHICAGO — At least one sign in Illinois -- welcoming drivers to the state's International Port District -- still proclaims Rod R. Blagojevich to be governor.
After Blagojevich was impeached and ousted from office following his arrest on federal corruption charges, Gov. Pat Quinn called for a cleansing of the Blagojevich name from signs across the state. The 32 such signs above Illinois Tollway plazas were removed immediately.
Yet the painted sign near the top of a 41-story grain elevator near Lake Calumet still bears the disgraced former governor's name.
"The good news is it's flaking off," said Tony Ianello, executive director of the port, which moves about 35 million tons of cargo a year, mostly steel. "The bad news is it's still up there."