January 8th, 2009
11:53 AM ET
14 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. Dave, Central Illinois

    I want to know what was said between Reid and Blago. Reid is a little old jerk and I long to see him fried. The implosion begins and 1994 will repeat itself in 2010.

    January 8, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. California Gold

    Blagojevich will be singing loudly as he goes down. The FBI may have to slap him to make him shut up.

    January 8, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. cherylincanada

    OMG! They'll impeach Blagojevich for allegedly attempting to sell a Senate seat but they won't impeach Bush and Cheney for lying to US citizens and committing war crimes. Americans sometimes have strange priorities.

    January 8, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Sye the Pychic

    I see Rod requesting a pink jumpsuit instead of an orange one,to match his undies.

    January 8, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. crabappl@psci.net

    CNN WHO THE HELL CARES ABOUT ILL GOVENOR.this is the worst case of soooo called news reporting.ever happened. get a life cnn

    January 8, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Al, NY NY

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

    Just like W and Darth Vadar covered up things while they were in office w/ the complete complicity of the GOP congress members... The truth about these corrupt criminals will soon be exposed. The 25%(?) of you lemmings that still cling to the illusion that this dimwit is doing a good job will have to face the fact that he is as corrupt if not more than any other POTUS

    January 8, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. :O

    He's an idiot. Stop thinking and just do it. The "gov is not above" the law. Just do it.

    January 8, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!! January 8th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

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

    So far, in the past year, you've been wrong about everything.
    Why stop now?

    January 8, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. VU

    Surprise, a Democrat, a politician and a lawyer, from Illinois! Burris would make a better governor, or president.

    January 8, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Nancy

    He is a crook as most of goverment. They are all stealing from the people and we have to to keep bailing them out.

    January 8, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Sue T

    If you or I did something like this we would already have been fired and put in jail........come on get the bum out of office and finish this investigation and get him to trial so his peers can throw his butt in jail.

    January 8, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. yellow dog democrat

    this guy is more than you first think! let the chips fall and see what comes of it – premature statements leave many with egg on their faces! this country still needs its "whipping boys" it seems....

    January 8, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Kim

    Can we take away his hair dye at the same time?

    January 8, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Chuck, you are absolutely correct.

    January 8, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. obama-mama

    You better be quick. He is shifty

    January 8, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Otis

    To Karen – Jan. 20th – Can't wait..you do know it's the state legislature of Illinois that impeaches him, right?

    Although if it was Congress who did this, it'd never get done.

    January 8, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. RJ, Phoenix

    beanne January 8th, 2009 12:08 pm ET
    what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

    All the holier than thou group seem to forget that EVERYONE has the right to a trial.
    It doesn't matter what any of us think about him. According to our constitution, he is innocent until a court of law PROVES WITHOUT A SHADOW OF DOUBT, that he is guilty.

    Hell, the man hasn't even been indicted yet, let alone convicted.

    January 8, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Common Sense Must Always Rule The Day

    This is all good ... but the Burris appointment stands.

    If the legislature wanted to prevent Blago from making it, they should have moved immediately after he was arrested.

    I give Fitzgerald a lot of leeway but not absolute power. He wouldn't be the first cop to over state the strength of his case against an innocent man.

    Let's really hear everything on those tapes and put this to an end. If Blago's defense is "well, I said those things, but I didn't FOLLOW THROUGH" then I'll support a speedy impeachment.

    January 8, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Bill Clinton

    I think he deserves his day in court.

    January 8, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |

    And please take Burris with you!

    January 8, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. John in Ohio

    Do it.

    January 8, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |

    Our justice system applies to politicians too.

    The impeachment process should be underway most expeditiously. We applied the standards to Ted Stevens and Larry "playing footsies in the bathroom" Craig so why not the same for sneaky Blago?

    January 8, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. clifford

    Proud American: Is that the comment you get when you look in the mirror! DUH!!

    January 8, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. John in Ohio

    Do it already. Throw the bum out.

    "what ever happened to innocent untill proven guilty?"

    Um, "impeachment" starts the legislature's trial process. It's the same as being indicted, it opens things up for a trial in the state legislature. They have decided that sufficient evidence exists of abuse of power by Blago that they can impeach him, which will lead to a trial to determine if any wrongdoing was done. Then if convicted, he can be removed from office.

    If they had just hauled him out of office by the scruff of his neck and put the Lt Gov in there instead, that would have been him being found guilty without a trial.

    January 8, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Brenda

    Ok, what makes this dude think he's any different than other presidents. He wanted the position, he got it. Are we supposed to make exceptions for him?

    January 8, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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