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Illinois Dem. Gov. Blagojevich is Impeached 114-1

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The Illinois House has impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, directing the Senate to put the state's 40th chief executive on trial with the goal of removing him from office.

Because a new General Assembly will be inaugurated next Wednesday to reflect the outcome of the Nov. 4 elections, Madigan said newly sworn-in House members will re-vote that day on the impeachment resolution to formally send it to the Senate for trial.

A Blagojevich spokesman said the governor will not resign. A 2 p.m. news conference with the governor is scheduled for the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.

On Thursday, after the House investigation's panel recommended Blagojevich’s impeachment, the governor said he looked forward to a trial in the Senate, presided over by the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, and “believes the outcome will be much different” from the House action.

The actions of the House--approving an article of impeachment maintaining Blagojevich had committed abuses of power--represents the equivalent of an indictment.

Members of the panel opted to move ahead with their recommendation even though they did not get to hear edited recordings of Blagojevich obtained by federal agents in their investigation of the governor. Though U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald asked a federal judge to release the tapes to the panel, the move was fought by Blagojevich's attorneys and a decision was put off until at least Jan. 23. If the tapes are released, they could become part of a Senate trial.

As the impeachment panel conducted its vote, Rep. Bill Black (R-Danville) said he did not view the committee's actions in the downcast way that other members did.

"I don't think it's a sad day for Illinois," Black said. "I think it's a good, glad, happy day for Illinois because it points out that nobody is above the law and everybody will be held accountable for their actions."

Next week, when the Senate convenes, it will begin the process of setting up a trial of the governor in which each of the 59 state senators act as judge and jurors.

A total of 40 senators are needed to convict Blagojevich which would remove the governor from office and make Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn the state’s new chief executive. A trial is expected to take at least three weeks.

Edited by The Rover

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It will be interesting to hear what he has to say at his 2PM conference, but he will deny the allegations and try to worm his way out of this.

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Good. There isn't a Democrat or Republican alike in my beautiful home state that can stand that walking turd.

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BTW, Blago hasn't been impeached yet. The House voted to impeach him. He'll be tried in the Senate and if he's convicted THEN he'll be impeached.

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A Democrat...corrput...the son of Jesse Jackson...he wouldn't lie. Impossible everyone knows the democrats are the honest ones and never lie it's the Republicans.

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If someone punched out one of his front teeth,he could be Alfred E. Neuman's brother.

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it was a 114-1 vote.

There are 116 members

One voted No

and one did the "Barrack Obama" in which he voted "present"

There is people who still likes Blago, in the state where i live in.

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A Democrat...corrput...the son of Jesse Jackson...he wouldn't lie. Impossible everyone knows the democrats are the honest ones and never lie it's the Republicans.

You clearly know nothing about what Illinoisans (such as myself) think of this guy.

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He doesn't seem to be able to get the bubble out quite like Hillary can. I guess his bubble has already burst and this is just a hopeful wish that his ego can be inflated again. Who's that fellow onlooker there ?

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it was a 114-1 vote.

There are 116 members

One voted No

and one did the "Barrack Obama" in which he voted "present"

There is people who still likes Blago, in the state where i live in.

His sister-in-law was the one who voted no.

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His sister-in-law was the one who voted no.

Milt Patterson voted no. Unless Milt Patterson is his sister-in-law, you'd be quite wrong.

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Milt Patterson voted no. Unless Milt Patterson is his sister-in-law, you'd be quite wrong.

Whoops, I was referring to the second House vote, the Illinois House again voted after new members were sworn in (117-1) and in that vote the one who voted no was Deb Mell his sister-in-law, to clarify my past post.

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_...jevich-ove.html

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How come we have a thread on this. Blago did nothing wrong. We all know George Soros bought Obamas original seat in the senate, so how come Blago is getting in trouble.

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Bye, Bye Rod! We are hoping here in IL today is your last day! Hopefully by the end of the day he will be GONE!

Have you guys seen this?

Pretty funny!

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