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Quinn: Blagojevich sentence stiff, but necessary

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Associated Press

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the 14-year sentenced handed to his predecessor Rod Blagojevich is stiff but necessary.

Quinn says Blagojevich let him down and let down the people of Illinois. He calls it a somber day and one that won't be forgotten soon.

Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday for corruption that included trying to sell or trade an appointment to the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

Quinn was lieutenant governor under Blagojevich. He became governor in 2009 after the Illinois Senate voted to remove Blagojevich.

Quinn spoke to reporters in downtown Chicago after the sentencing.

He says he's worked to restore integrity in politics and build public trust.

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