(CNN) – The $825 billion stimulus bill the Obama administration is trying to push through Congress would prevent any money given to the state of Illinois from being handled by the state's impeached governor, Rod Blagojevich.
The 647-page bill bars Illinois agencies from receiving any money unless the Legislature directs how it will be spent, or until "Rod R. Blagojevich no longer holds the office of governor of the state of Illinois." It does allow local governments to receive money directly from Washington or through the state, if state agencies follow an established formula.
The provision was added by the House Appropriations Committee last week. Blagojevich's impeachment trial got under way Monday in the Illinois state Senate. He faces federal criminal charges accusing him of attempting to trade or sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama after his November election.
Blagojevich, whose administration was under scrutiny by federal prosecutors long before his December arrest, has denied any wrongdoing. He has skipped the first two days of his trial, instead making the rounds of television talk shows to proclaim his innocence.
–CNN's Emma Lacey-Bordeaux contributed to this report.
We should devise a method, not to be befooled and bluffed by people like George W. Bush and Rod Blagojevich by their enchanting words during electioneering to entice voters. We should be able to judge the difference between one who is a True Leader and a Wolf in Sheep’s clothing. Blagojevich is a talkative imprudent man and we realize it now.
Hmmm – Palin/Blago 2012?
Neither of them seems to know when to shut up.
Maybe Blago can go back on the view in his new orange jumpsuit.
Yet another reason to oust the lame duck Governor. Haste in this case is paramount.
This state takes their sweet time. He was guilty long long time ago. wake up lawmakers in illinois and lock him up. You state is the state with the biggest jokes
Our state has the second highest unemployment. yet, your state has the highest losers. First joliet now this crazy gov. your the jokes of everyday is there. I thought our state was sad. No way I feel so sorry for all the people of Illinois. Mr. president went to dc. the rest of you's need to get out of crooksville usa
I must say he is winning the hearts and mind of the people..i mean black people...I love the other possible candidates he mentioned..He is Innocent!!! until proven guilty.
Ya, and while they are at it write out McShame, what a looser, and a backhanded lier.
I am soooo sick of these repugs coming on tv and giving their sound bites to the stimulus bill, what in gods name are they thinking. Can't waite to see the whole lot (incl. palind the oaf) get voted right out of the contry.
Kudos to Congress for being mindful of where it sends our tax dollars!
There is a bunch of crooks involved in taking and giving of all this