January 8th, 2009
11:53 AM ET
12 years ago

Legislators recommend impeaching Illinois governor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/08/art.blagopt0108.gi.jpg caption="A committee of Illinois legislators recommended Thursday that the state's governor be impeached."]CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - UPDATE: An Illinois General Assembly investigative committee has written a draft report recommending that the House of Representatives impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The committee says in a report on its Web site that "the totality of the evidence warrants the impeachment of the governor for cause."

The committee, which consists of 21 House members, may vote Thursday on whether to adopt the draft report and recommend impeachment, said Mike Weir, a spokesman for speaker's office in the Illinois House of Representatives.

If the committee votes to recommend impeachment, the full House would vote on whether to impeach the governor.

Roland Burris, the governor's pick to serve in the U.S. Senate seat, is scheduled to testify before the committee on Thursday afternoon.

FBI agents arrested Blagojevich on December 9 after federal prosecutors alleged, among other things, that he had tried to sell the Senate seat that President-elect Barack Obama has vacated.

Blagojevich denies wrongdoing and has ignored calls to resign.


Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. obama-mama

    Ya think?

    January 8, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Charles L. Shaw, Liverpool, NY

    This is a good start, that is one corrupt public servant, let's go get them all.

    January 8, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. BB

    Get this man out of politics. If any others are found to be doing illegal stuff, get rid of them too. It's time for all states take out the trash and restore our country.

    January 8, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Newport News, VA

    They can recommend impeachment all day. The man hasn't been indicted and he is still handling the duties of the governor. I believe the saying goes, "don't beat a dead horse." He made the senate appointment and the legislator did nothing to stop it. At the very least, his duty of appointing ANYONE should have been stripped. The legislator were dragging their feet on this one.

    January 8, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Brian

    Do it !!

    January 8, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. beanne

    what ever happened to innocent untill proven guilty?

    January 8, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. GA Independent

    It's about time they acted. How long will it actually take them to act on the recommendation? Til the end of his term?

    January 8, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. chuck

    WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR???????????GET THIS SERBIAN BEAST INTO A CELL IMMEDIATELY. HE NEEDS TAMING.

    January 8, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. BS not Maverick

    out on his ear.

    January 8, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Lisa M

    Suprised?

    January 8, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Matt

    I'd have impeached him a long time ago just for that hairdo. Looks like that hair you snap onto a Lego person's head.

    January 8, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Proud American

    Duh...

    January 8, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Chicago Red

    A committee of Illinois legislators recommended Thursday that the state's governor be impeached......FBI agents arrested Blagojevich on December 9........It took a month for the committee of Illinois legislators to step up ........Wonder -Y

    January 8, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Matt

    hoooooooo-ray.

    finally. blago (shortened, and left lower case as a sign of dis-respect) will no longer be damaging this fine state, that I like a goodly amount.

    January 8, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    Can we impeach the others too? They have allowed corporate lobbyists to tax us heavily and they have allowed price gouging. I think our electric bills went up......

    January 8, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Purple Microdot

    I personally think that the prosecution botched the case by not waiting for an "acutal" crime (i.e. money transfer) to occur before making the arrest. The IL governor appears to be somewhat shady, but without a conviction by the feds, can the IL state government still impeach Blagojevich? I think that an impeachment by IL and a later acquital of all charges by the feds would only create a new circus. This is all hypothetical and I wish that it would go away, but we're stuck with this fiasco – for some time to come.

    January 8, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Karen - Jan. 20th - Can't wait

    Blagojevich is a menace and should go NOW! Unreal, I can't believe this soga is still going on.. What the hell is Congress waiting on?

    January 8, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. ga.

    don't put off until tomorrow what you should have done yesterday.

    January 8, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. :(

    Hurry up, this man has already thumbed his nose at Illinois and the country. Hurry up and impeach him. NOW.

    January 8, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Mari

    If what Fitzgerald said is true that Blagojevich is on tape attempting to sell the Illinois senate seat, then throw the book at him!

    January 8, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Karen-Phoenix

    Should have been done the day after he was arrested.

    January 8, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS ISN'T OVER YET!!!!!!!

    BLAGOJEVICH HAS OTHER THINGS TO BRING OUT ABOUT ILLINOIS POLITICS BUT I AM SURE THE DEMS WILL COVER IT UP!!!!

    January 8, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Larry

    SO DO IT --What's the problem--he either is or isn't guilty !!!!!

    January 8, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Vic

    Purple Microdot, I totally agree with u on the US attorney made a big mistake by not waiting for the crime to accually occur. But I understand somewhat why Fitzgerald went ahead and arrested him. But I also think there more than this pay to play scandal. Scumbag been playing dirty tricks before this happened and I believe the US attorney will come up with more stuff to hang Gov. Scumbag by his u know what.

    January 8, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Laverne

    Well if you are going to do it, then get on with it. All this waiting is crazy and it only compromises the case and even the credibility of the feds doing their job.

    January 8, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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