Just think: two weeks ago, the two chief executives for Illinois residents were President George Bush and Governor Rod Blagojevich. Tonight, they are President Barack Obama and Governor Pat Quinn.
That is the biggest upgrade in an eight-day span we've ever seen.
We went from two executives who regularly expanded their powers and authority in defiance of the law to two with humility and an honest commitment to greater democracy.
I'm with Senator Meeks: this is a great day for Illinois.