No Portrait for Blago

By Zach Christman
|  Sunday, Jul 11, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM CDT
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Bleepin' Golden: Blago Audio Files' Greatest Hits

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This Mad Magazine portrait may be the last one ever done of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Bleepin' Golden: Blago Audio Files' Greatest Hits

Listen to the most memorable quotes from the Blagojevich audio files secretly recorded by federal authorities, and now central in his corruption trial.
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In a double effort to clean up the halls of the state capitol, Gov. Pat Quinn today signed two new bills into law.

The first is an ethics reform bill that promises to make it harder for corrupt politicians to profit from their nefarious activities. And the second? It's a direct swipe at Rod Blagojevich, making it illegal to use state funds for a portrait of an impeached governor.

That means the capitol's hall of Governors will likely never harbor Blagojevich's likeness again.

But the real meat-and-potatoes here is the new Public Corruption Profit Forfeiture Act. This law forces crooked politicians to hand over any money they made from their disreputable behavior. And they'll also have to give up all their campaign funds to the state.

Quinn's office says the law is modeled on one that forces drug dealers to hand over their profits.

But even though Blagojevich's wiretapped antics are clearly at the heart of the new Profit Forfeiture Act, it may never affect him. It won't go into effect until Jan. 1, 2011 -- likely well after his trial has ended.

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