January 8th, 2009
06:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Panel recommends impeaching Blagojevich

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/08/illinois.governor.impeachment/art.blagojevich.gi.jpg caption="Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may face federal corruption charges."]
(CNN) - An Illinois legislative committee Thursday unanimously recommended impeaching embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested last month after federal prosecutors alleged, among other things, that he had tried to sell the Senate seat that President-elect Barack Obama has vacated.

The full state House of Representatives will consider the recommendation Friday.

The 21-member committee looked into Blagojevich's actions on a number of
issues beyond the federal allegations.

Updated 7 p.m.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Mari

    What has taken the Legislature of Illinois so long?

    January 8, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Jim

    Why is it that Burris is willing to accept a nomination that is so tainted? This seems to be entirely about Burris' personal ambition to be senator. If he were a man of integrity, he wouldn't even want to come near the appearance of this kind of incredible impropriety. By accepting a nomination from a man who will be impeached for seeking to sell the appointment, Burris tacitly supports this criminal – a man who has severely corrupted the governorship, bringing it to new lows and undermining the pubic trust. A man of integrity would decline the nomination – he would be more concerned about strengthening the reputation of government. Public service should be about serving the greater good of society, not furthering ones political ambitions. Shame on Blagojevich, but shame on Burris for selfishly accepting an appointment from the very man who subjected the appointment process to illegal bribery.

    January 8, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |


    January 8, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. CompletelyAnnoyed

    Why is this taking so long? I don't think anyone believes that this dude is anything but shady. Charge him, remove him from office and move on. All the theatrics are so stale.

    January 8, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Nino

    Forget Blogojevich!!! Impeach Bush and Cheney!!!

    January 8, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. CH in Maine

    What is taking you folks so long?

    January 8, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    Wait!!! IMPEACH and get rid of all the OLD politicians, giving us high taxes and sleeping with lobbyists... ONE SIZE fits all..... cleaning episode...

    January 8, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Larry

    TO: Proud American,

    I KNOW this Idiot IS a democrat.

    January 8, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. SMR

    Do it and GET THIS OVER WITH. This guy is a clown and nothing but trouble.

    January 8, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Chicago Red

    The 21-member committee looked into Blagojevich's actions on a number of issues beyond the federal allegations
    ****************************************************************************Trust me Blagojevichis not going down without taking down alot
    of other crooks

    January 8, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    the sooner the better.

    January 8, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. ga.

    if he's guilty he needs to go.

    January 8, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. Irritated in Fl

    Impeaching is too good for this joker. Imprisonment is more like it.

    January 8, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. No Incumbents 2010

    Innocent until proven guilty. It is amazing how you jump to tar and feather Blago before a trial but dismiss any rumors of involvement by Obama. What's worse is if Obama was involved in any of this shady dealing you probably would say: Well see it shows Obama's political saavy or figure out how to spin it another way.

    January 8, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Eugene

    Get him out now.

    January 8, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. walker

    "Look, if you were Blago, would you want to go on the unemployment line in this economy. Blago will drag his feet as long as possible to keep getting that govenment paycheck and cause as much trouble as possible, to get the book deal. He is a dumb crook trying to be a smart crook going out the door,he is definatly a democrat.

    January 8, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. mike

    To Proud American:

    Blago is just another dumb Dem who got caught. More will follow.

    January 8, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  18. walker

    Is it spelled demonscat or democrat my mother never let me use dirty words but Blago is definatly one of those.

    January 8, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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