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Monday, December 15, 2008

Impeachment proceedings against Blagojevich to begin

The Illinois House of Representatives voted unanimously, 113-0, today to begin impeachment proceedings against Rod Blagojevich, who defiantly clings to power.
The Illinois House voted 113-0 today to begin impeachment proceedings against Gov. Rod Blagojevich by creating an investigations committee to consider allegations that the two-term Democrat abused his office and may have participated in criminal activity.


The vote to start an impeachment investigation came six days after Blagojevich was arrested at his home on federal charges that included allegedly trying to peddle the vacant Senate seat. The committee is scheduled to have its first hearing tomorrow morning.
The action by the House follows Attorney General Lisa Madigan filing suit in the Illinois Supreme Court to have Blagojevich deemed "unfit to serve", and the governor meeting with a prominent Chicago criminal defense attorney.

Since it seems that Rod Blagojevich has no shame and isn't going to leave office of his own accord, hopefully either the Court or the Legislature will expedite its proceedings and bounce the governor out of office.

Even if he's acquitted of the charges, which seems very unlikely given the information that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has presented so far in the unsealed criminal complaint. Blagojevich is too much of a distraction and so tainted with the stench of corruption that he is unable to effectively carry out the duties of his job and should step aside.


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