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CHICAGO (WFLX) - The new governor of Illinois plans a news conference Friday and will likely address the removal of Rod Blagojevich from office.

UPDATE, FRI 10:30 AM: The state Senate voted 59-0 to oust Blagojevich Thursday, and Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn was immediately sworn in as governor. Quinn said Thursday the state is ready to put the scandal behind it.

Meantime, the chairman of Illinois' Republican Party says state Democrats owe the people of Illinois an apology.

Andy McKenna says Democrats are leading the state in the wrong direction.

State records show that Blagojevich could still qualify for a pension of about $64,000, but it's not a sure thing.

Retirees must apply for pensions and the State Employee Retirement System can deny the request.

There's also the issue of Blagojevich's arrest on federal corruption charges. An indictment may be pending.

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Previously: Former Governor Rod Blagojevich vowing to "have his day in court" after his 90-minute plea before Illinois' senate failed to save him his job.

One Illinois senator said, "He is beneath the dignity of the state of Illinois.

"He has trampled on our constitution with his behavior," another added.

After he was kicked out, his successor was sworn in. Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn now the state's new chief executive.

Blagojevich's vows to keep fighting to clear his name; though, he still faces possible criminal charges.

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