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Illinois House Impeaches Governor Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to impeach Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on Friday morning on the grounds of abuse of power as the state’s chief executive. He is the first governor in Illinois’s history to be impeached, and his case now goes to the state Senate for trial.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/10/us/politics/10illinois.html?_r=1&hp

The House deliberated less than an hour and a half before voting 114 to 1 to oust the governor, just one day after a 21-member House investigative committee unanimously recommended impeachment. The only member to vote against impeachment was Milton Patterson, a Democrat from Chicago. No one spoke up to defend Mr. Blagojevich.

The last governor to be impeached was Evan Mecham of Arizona, who was removed from office in 1988 after serving 15 months.

Mr. Blagojevich, 52, was jogging in his Chicago neighborhood when the vote came down. He has scheduled a press

conference this afternoon.

Legislators spent the morning discussing the merits of the case against Mr. Blagojevich, the two-term Democrat who

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CNN: Committee wants Blagojevich impeach

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Panel recommends Blagojevich impeachment

Panel recommends Blagojevich impeachment

An Illinois legislative committee voted unanimously today to recommend the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested last month after federal prosecutors alleged he had tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. The issue now heads to the full state House of Representatives, which will consider it Friday. developing story

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Blagojevich was arrested last month after federal prosecutors alleged, among other things, that he tried to sell the Senate seat President-elect Barack Obama vacated.

The issue will now be taken up by the full Illinois state House of Representatives.

“Today is the day that we begin to give back democracy to the people of the state of Illinois,” Democratic Rep. Jack Franks said as he cast his “aye” vote.

Blagojevich “has been AWOL and derelict of his duties. He has abused his powers, and he has brought shame to this great state,” Franks said.

“I believe that Rod Blagojevich is a liar, and I believe he is a thief,” Franks said. “He has stolen the trust of the people.”

The committee heard testimony Thursday afternoon from Roland Burris, the man Blagojevich appointed to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Burris denied any quid pro quo with Blagojevich for his appointment to the U.S. Senate. Burris, former attorney general for Illinois, is not accused of engaging in “pay-to-play” politics with Blagojevich.

Blagojevich denies any wrongdoing and has rejected calls for his resignation.

(VIDEO) Blagojevich appoints Burris to Obama’s Senate seat

Wednesday, December 31, 2008; 11:00 AM

Slate contributor Edward McClelland was online Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. ET to discuss his take on embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s decision to name former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, despite federal charges stating Blagojevich tried to auction off the seat to the highest bidder.

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Emanuel: I’m Getting Death Threats Over Blagojevich

Obama’s Chief of Staff Refuses to Go to Work Because of Media Stakeout

The President-elect’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said today he won’t go to the Chicago Presidential transition offices in order to avoid reporters seeking to ask him whether he had contact with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich about the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama’s election.

Emanuel appeared “beet-red,” according to an ABC News cameraman who was invited inside by Emmanuel to use his bathroom this morning.

“I’m getting regular death threats. You’ve put my home address on national television. I’m pissed at the networks. You’ve intruded too much, “ Emanuel said, according to the cameraman.

A spokesman for Emanuel says he later showed up at the office, apparently able to sneak out of the house without being seen by reporters waiting to askhim questions.

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Blagojevich and Ryan

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Obama calls for Illinois governor to resign

AP Wed Dec 10WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday joined others calling for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign, distancing himself further from the unfolding scandal over allegations that the governor schemed to barter Obama’s vacant Senate seat for personal gain. Full Story»

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  • Seen in file photos are Tammy Duckworh, a disabled Iraq war veteran and currently the Illinois veteran affairs director, U.S. Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr., of Chicago and Jan Schakowsky, of Evanston, Ill., Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois Senate President Emil Jones. The five have been mentioned as potential candidate to fill the seat of President-elect Barack Obama who said Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, he would resign from the Senate effective Sunday, Nov. 16. Under state law, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich will name Obama's replacement he said he expects to make a decision by year's end, (AP Photo/Staff)

    ABC: Jackson is ‘Candidate 5’ Politico – Wed Dec 10ABC News has a law enforcement source telling them that Jesse Jackson, Jr. is “Senate Candidate Five,” the one who was — according to Blagojevich — willing to supply campaign cash in exchange for the Senate seat.

  • Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, pictured (center), was arrested on charges of conspiring to sell an appointment to president-elect Barack Obama's recently vacated US Senate seat in what prosecutors called "a political corruption crime spree."(AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson)

    Analysis: Scandal threatens to dog Obama AP – Wed Dec 10WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama hasn’t even stepped into office and already a scandal — not of his own making — is threatening to dog him.

  • US president-elect Barack Obama speaks to the press after a meeting with vice president-elect Joe Biden and former vice president Al Gore at the Transition Office in Chicago on December 9, 2008. Obama wants Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to resign after his arrest in a corruption probe, a spokesman said Wednesday.(AFP/File/Nicholas Kamm)

    Obama hopes to reboot US image among Muslims AP WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama says he will try to “reboot America’s image” among the world’s Muslims and will follow tradition by using his entire name — Barack Hussein Obama — in his swearing-in ceremony.

  • The US Supreme Court will hear a case Wednesday on whether cabinet-level officials could be held accountable for controversial tactics President George W. Bush ordered as part of the US-led "war on terror." Former attorney general John Ashcroft, pictured in March, and FBI Director Robert Mueller have sought immunity from charges in a lawsuit(AFP/Getty Images/File/Alex Wong)

    Supreme Court hears case on Ashcroft, Mueller immunity AFP WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court heard a case Wednesday on whether cabinet-level officials could be held accountable for controversial tactics President George W. Bush ordered as part of the US-led “war on terror.”