Reaction to the impeachment trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Reaction to the impeachment trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

“We were on vacation and we thought we’d just come down to tour the Capitol. We knew the governor was being impeached, but we had no idea it was going on right at this very moment.”
-- Tom Ashmore, of La Crescent, Minn., who was at the statehouse with his wife Michelle.

“This line is long, but I thought it would be longer. I live in Chicago so I’m used to big trials with a lot of people.”
-- Jessica Dixon, of Lombard

“Until I get hungry or have to go to the bathroom.”
-- Bill Bierman, of Effingham, on how long he was willing to stand in line.

 “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. I wanted to come down here and see whether he’ll face justice.”
-- Bill Cowan, an Illinois Department of Transportation employee from Taylorville.

“He’s not the only one who has his fingers in the pie.”
-- Richmond resident Rose Harutunian.

“I’m sure that state employees will rest a little better tonight knowing that Blagojevich is out of office.”
-- State Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield.

“Today is a sad day for all of us. It’s a conclusion of a long state nightmare.

“As far as the governor being a champion of health care, he was. In fact, there are hundreds of thousands of people who have access to health care as a result of the kind of issues the governor championed.”

-- Philippe Largent, vice president for government affairs at the Springfield-based Illinois Primary Health Care Association, speaking about Blagojevich’s role in expanding health care.

“Rod Blagojevich’s Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn and all Blagojevich Democrats who are leading the state in the wrong direction owe an apology to the people of Illinois.

 “Blagojevich’s Lieutenant Governor and Blagojevich Democrats came to power on a promise of change but four years later they looked the other way and chose to endorse Blagojevich for re-election even though our state was faced with the largest corruption investigation in its history.

“Now political opportunists like Blagojevich’s running mate Pat Quinn believe they can erase six years of silence and ignore broken promises of change to the people of Illinois, but the fact remains that Blagojevich Democrats have led Illinois for six years into higher taxes, fewer jobs, more corruption, and higher spending.

“These same Blagojevich Democrats enabled and endorsed a madman even after the FBI had him in handcuffs and show no sign of taking Illinois in a new direction.”

-- Illinois Republican Party chairman Andy McKenna

Compiled by Eric Naing and Andrew Thomason of the State Capitol bureau and the State Journal-Register.