Blago Leaves As He Came — On a State Plane

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.

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