January 29th, 2009
06:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Blagojevich barred from public office in Illinois

(CNN) - Moments after removing him from office, the Illinois senate voted unanimously to prevent impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich from ever holding political office in the state again.

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  1. Alana D

    Who drank the kool aid? Blagojevich's impeachment, as hastily processed by the Illinois legislature, does indeed set a dangerous precedent for elected officials. Either play by the Madigan/Daley rules or you're out. Also means that our votes mean nothing. And, by the way, the state legislature supported Blago's re-election. Most of the stuff he was accused of happened way before 2006. If the honest and upstanding state representatives saw that Blago was a bad egg, why support his re-election in 2006? Why didn't they impeach him in 2002 – 2003, when the rumors began swirling?

    January 29, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Polly

    Well, at least he showed up dressed nicely. Too bad he's not as slick as his hair.

    January 29, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. adods

    Maybe Blago and Sarah Palin can move to Texas with "W." They could found the world's first village idiots commune.

    January 29, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Someone with Brains

    The impeachment process in Illinois doesn't require the official to be found guilty of a crime, it simply requires the House and Senate to have reasonable suspicion that the official is involved in corruption and is not able to properly represent the citizens. And with Blago shooting his mouth off on tape, they have plenty of evidence.

    January 29, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Melissa from New Orleans


    January 29, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Richard

    The only "bully" is BLAGO. Congratulations to the Illinois State Senate.

    January 29, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. linda from South Dakota

    well its abut time, and lt this be a lesson for the rest of you politicians,,,,

    January 29, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Blagojevic got greedy and it came back to bite him. Whether or not he actually followed through is irrelevant; he likely would have if he had not been arrested. It is about time that Illinois showed that they are not going to put up with corruption. Now they only have to take care of Mayor Dayley. And for Bob: What has Palin done to deserve impeachment? Regardless of one's feelings, she has done nothing worth that punishment. If she is so terrible, why are her approval ratings so high in her state? If you say anything derogatory about the people of the state, it will just show how close minded and bigoted you are, so go ahead and answer the question.

    January 29, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Non-Thug, Hartford, CT

    Blago gives the term "megalomania" a whole new meaning...that's for sure, but aside from shooting off his pie-hole, what CRIMES has he actually committed?

    The Chicago-circus is now over – but I'm REALLY interested in seeing how the criminality of the charges that this dude is being charged with gets worked out in a court of law.

    Blago did play himself out BIG time...but is there PROOF that laws were broken?

    January 29, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Joshua Tree

    Now to impeach Obama, Reid and Pelosi.... let's get this country back on track.

    January 29, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. Wall street executive

    Hey what about my tax cut?

    January 29, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. cnnnewser

    Now lets get on to more important business.

    January 29, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. MK


    January 29, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Jim

    I think Blagojevich would have been left alone if he had not threatened to boycot BANK of AMERICA on tv. The next day he was arrested. Kinda lets you know who's running the country huh?

    January 29, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. fella from chicago

    Let's not forget Rod has a court date facing criminal charges. I'm betiing he'll be the new bunk mate of former Governor George Ryan. God, I love Chicago and Illinois politics!

    January 29, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Texas Teacher

    This is just another corrupt politician... I don't care if they are Republicans or Democrats... they need this wake up call that old time, good ole boy politics is not going to fly anymore... sooner or later we will unearth them all! 🙂 Get ready bozos... take a lesson from Blago... you cheat and rob.... we hunt and find!

    January 29, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. CH in Maine

    Maybe he could run in Alaska. They seem to march to a different drummer.

    January 29, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Cali Girl

    Ya – Freakin – HOOOOOOOOOO!

    January 29, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Jacob

    Finally, he seemed to be pretty crazy, not someone you would want in your political system. It's a good thing that he is not around any longer. Should've cleaned up his act long ago.

    January 29, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    @ Jim "one Obama buddy down"

    You obviously have not been following this case very well. Not only were Blago and Obama NOT friends, the now ex- gov calls him all kinds of names on the tapes. Blago was NOT at the DNC in Denver nor at the ceremonies in DC. You right wing guys are just sore losers and I suggest you either learn to deal with the fact that you lost and move on or prepare to be unhappy for the next 4 to 8 years and the way your party is going maybe longer than that!

    January 29, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Rats

    Blago did bad things but not illegal things.

    This whole impeachment does not address the double speak, wink-n-nod actions that go on in politics. It was a group of rats throwing the rat that they didn't like to his doom.

    In my view there is very little moral ground for his enemies to stand on.

    Blago should be gone but so too should probably 75% of those that voted against him.

    January 29, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Karen - Missouri

    I watched all the trial on WGN online and am disappointed at the national media who has done nothing to talk about what the whole thing was about. There WAS sufficient evidence presented on the counts that are important to Illinois. The money laundering of state funds, the Tribune/Wrigley Field fiasco, the horrible withholding of funds from children's hospital unless there's donations to Blago, the audit discrepancies and more. This was NOT all about selling a senate seat and Blago had every opportunity to present witnesses and defend himself and decided not to. Blago is a liar and TV stations are ignorant to give Blago a stage to do his con-artist antics.

    My congratulations to the Illinois senate for conducting a fair, interesting, well-run trial. THANK GOD BLAGO IS OUT!!!!

    January 29, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Joe - Chicago

    Another notch for Fitzgerald's belt. I hope he never stops going after elected crooks, and I hope those in office are starting to get the message and clean up their acts.

    January 29, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Tom

    @Terry B. In no way is this a violation of the constitution. This was not a criminal trial (yet) or a civil trial. This essentially was a political trial to determine whether Blago was fit to govern. I'll say that again...fit to govern. The standards of evidence are not as high as for a criminal trial. Then again, he didn't face a loss of liberty; only the loss of political office.

    The rules put in place applied equally to the prosecution and the defense. Anyone the prosecution called was put under oath. Likewise, the defense team (if one had been present) would also have had to put their defense witnesses under oath. But they presented no defense. None. Instead, Blago chose to argue on talk shows...for reasons only he knows.

    In the end, what convicted Blago was his own words, not the words of witnesses against him. Before playing excerpts from the wiretaps, the prosecution called a witness who only verified the accuracy of the tape and the transcript. Otherwise it was pure Blago, and it was disgusting. There is no question he was unfit to govern. The house and the senate operated exactly as the process intended.

    The idea that a another state might arbitrarily decide to remove a governor is absurd. The bar is set high enough to prevent this.

    January 29, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. Koran Beckwith

    I'm gonna miss seeing Blago go jogging in the middle of winter as if nothing wrong.

    January 29, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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