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Lieutenant governor will replace Blagojevich

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  • Illinois Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn, a Democrat will take top spot
  • Impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich ousted by state Senate
  • Quinn, 60, is tax attorney, has spent most of the last 27 years in public office
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(CNN) -- Illinois Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn stepped up to replace Rod Blagojevich Thursday after the state Senate voted to remove the Democratic governor from office.

Quinn is a 60-year-old tax attorney who has spent most of the last 27 years in public office.

Quinn told the Chicago Sun-Times before the vote that if the Senate convicted the Democratic governor and he was removed from office, "I will be ready."

Quinn, a Democrat, was elected to the office of lieutenant governor in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006.

"His priorities include advocating for taxpayers and consumers, protecting the environment, promoting decent health care and helping members of the armed services and their families," his official Web site said.

He served a term as Illinois state treasurer from 1991 to 1995, leaving office after an unsuccessful campaign for secretary of state in 1994.

Quinn waged another losing campaign in 1996 when Dick Durbin beat him in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat opened by the retirement of Sen. Paul Simon. Durbin went on to win the seat and is now Illinois' senior senator.

Quinn's political career began in Chicago in 1982 when Quinn, then a practicing tax attorney, was elected Commissioner of the Cook County Board of (Property) Tax Appeals.

He later served as Chicago's revenue director.

Quinn, who is divorced, has two sons. He grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois, but now lives in Chicago.

Quinn has said the governor should step down. At the time of the governor's arrest in December, Quinn said he had not spoken at length to the governor since the summer of 2007.

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