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Blago Leaves As He Came -- On a State Plane

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    AP -- What could be the Democrat's final departure from Springfield ended the same way it began: Aboard a state plane. The impeached governor left Thursday afternoon, bound for his Chicago home, before almost certain Senate conviction and ouster.

    Until he's removed from office, he's still qualified for taxpayer-financed transportation.

    The Associated Press reported last year that Blagojevich took nearly daily round-trip flights between Chicago and the capital while he kept lawmakers in special session over a budget dispute.

    He stopped amid criticism.

    As early as 2005, the AP reported the Blagojevich administration used state aircraft 27 percent more than the previous one.