January 14th, 2009
02:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Blagojevich presides over swearing-in ceremony of Senate

Gov. Blagojevich presided over the swearing in of the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

Gov. Blagojevich presided over the swearing in of the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

(CNN) - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich oversaw Wednesday the swearing-in of the state Senate, the very body that will soon hold an impeachment trial against him.

Dressed in a dark suit with a blue tie, Blagojevich presided over the afternoon ceremony in Springfield, which also involved electing a Senate president.

Illinois Appellate Judge Mary Jane Theis swore in the new Senate.

The House voted 114-1 Friday to impeach the governor, who was arrested in
December on federal corruption charges.

Among other allegations, federal prosecutors said the governor tried to trade or sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing and said the House impeachment vote
was politically motivated.

"I'm confident that at the end of the day I will be properly exonerated," Blagojevich declared last week.

The Senate impeachment trial is likely to begin January 26.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. CSanchez

    This man has got to go! He has no shame!

    January 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Nick

    That must have been slightly uncomfortable.

    "Do you solemnly swear to faithfully... aww, heck, just give me $50 bucks each and I'll sign whatever you want."

    January 14, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Cora

    Once again we have proven to our youth that crime doesn't pay, but you're untouchable if you do choose this path. Nothing will happen to you as long as you buck the system long enough. Just throw a tantrum and you'll get your way. Make people very afraid of you and you'll come up on top! Only in America!

    January 14, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Third gradEr CaroLinE eLemenTary Skool

    mY teacher SAid that everone had to Pay $1oo to the Governur to get a Seat./ I thinK that is pretty Cheap for a gooD job

    January 14, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Jim

    Nothing will happen to this guy, he's making a fool of the state of Illionois.

    January 14, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Laurie

    Impeachment trial......lol lol lol This idiot is here to stay, he's proving that!

    January 14, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Matt

    You want to stir up news? What meathead in the Illinois Senate voted NOT to impeach this guy? Print his name all over the place.

    January 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. obama-mama

    Wow. I guess they'll have to drag him kicking and screaming to jail if he gets convicted because he is one character with an "I don't care" attitude. It's like he's not being invited to a party but still shows up...Ha ha ha ha....Love it.

    January 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Elizabeth

    Hey Rod – you don't actually have to be exonerated! Just tell everybody that you were, like Sarah Palin did!

    January 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    What a pathetic joke. He makes Sarah Pahlin look half-way sane
    and intelligent.

    January 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Bruce

    That's perfect. I had heard Blago was really good at swearing.

    January 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. I-DEMAND....

    Gov Blagojevich lots of people believe that you have not commited

    and wrong-doing...we believe the only wrong you did is not being

    the yes-yes man to those corupt politicains and they all know who...

    some of us can read between the lines what the media says and

    what the truth is....you are no angel Blagojevich after all you are one

    of them, namely a politician...........but not guilty and not charged.

    January 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Edgar

    Some of you need to learn to understand what you read; or learn how to read altogether. He did NOT swear in anybody, he just oversaw the process. Stay in school kids!

    "Illinois Appellate Judge Mary Jane Theis swore in the new Senate. "

    January 14, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. amt

    I don't believe Blago has done anything any worse than any other politician, he is just more brazen about & that is not a crime.

    January 14, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. jaye

    When is this joker going to jail?
    When is Ted Stevens going to jail?
    When is Madoff going to jail?
    Why are so many crooks still in office??
    Our country has become a joke!

    January 14, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. ran

    All the members should have walked out.

    January 14, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Meh

    I think this guy has mental health issues. He's seriously delusional.

    January 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. SAD SAD

    Just like Sen Stevens of Alaska shame is not in their dictionary.

    January 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Uncle S.A.M.

    If the man is still able to preside over this hearing, I don't know why they made such a big deal out of the Burris pick. The Illinois legislator should have known he was going to pull a stunt like that or should have been prepared for something like that. Although he's scum, he's still the governor. He still hasn't been indicted and hasn't been impeached. So please stop trying to make news. When he actually is impeached, report on that.

    January 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. OGA

    Why didn't Senator Reid remind the people of Illinois that a swearing-in ceremony presided over by Blogo is tainted and therefore those members of the Illinois senate sworn-in in that ceremony cannot take their seat.

    January 14, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. Ernie in LA

    Blago rocks

    January 14, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'M TELLING YOU BLAGO HAS SOMETHING ELSE UP HIS SLEEVE!!!

    HE DID IT ONCE AND HE CAN DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!!

    JUST WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. Larry

    Nobody is going to impeach this guy,they will end up appologizing to him,and reelecting him.

    January 14, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Michelle, Chicago

    Is he impeached? No! So what the hell is taking so long to get the job done?! For the sake of the Illinois'people, we need to be heard not made a mockery for some a delusional governor who can't even comb his hair. That should have been a sign!

    January 15, 2009 07:31 am at 7:31 am |