January 8th, 2009
11:53 AM ET
13 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. Independant Vet


    January 8, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. beevee

    Why is this guy so pigheaded. If he has any dignity he should resign and fade away. If he does not on his own he should be impeached and thrown out of office. He is a shame to the democratic party.

    January 8, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. S Callahan

    Will this show that Gov. B tried to have Burris 'buy'...I don't think Burris did buy anything...but that doesn't mean the Gov. didn't try. Anyone know?

    January 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    Never mind the senate seat he was trying to sell.

    His hair is an impeachable offence!

    January 8, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Yes, because he is blatently disrespctful of the ethical and moral conduct one expects. And, oh, yes, he told a lie to his momma. What a bad boy. I presume the word "visibility" might make honest men of our politicians.

    January 8, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. PJP in OK

    Hey, if you're gonna make some policitions accountable, make them all accountable. Start way back many years ago, the ones that are still alive, don't dig up the dead. Start from the lowest and go to the highest. We need honesty in America!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Proud American January 8th, 2009 12:22 pm ET

    Most intelligent thing I've ever heard you say P.A. Now if you can would on that drooling problem, we might be able to let you out in public.

    January 8, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Illinois 2

    Be careful what you ask for, after all he is innocent until proven otherwise.

    January 8, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    beanne January 8th, 2009 12:08 pm ET

    what ever happened to innocent untill proven guilty?
    To impeach means to accuse, not convict. Bill Clinton was impeached (accused) for lying under oath, but was found not guilty.

    January 8, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Political Junkie

    Although I feel the Governor is corrupt, he is innocent until proven guilty but that does not prevent an impeachment. They can impeach for abuse of power and other "non" criminal activity. Some people on this blog do not understand the process. It has nothing to do with Congress..ikt is a state matter and there must be due process no matter how much we dislike the guy. I also believe that there is alot more that will be coming out.

    January 8, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. JDC

    JUST PAY HIM TO LEAVE! All politicians have a price.

    January 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    Bill Clinton January 8th, 2009 1:20 pm ET

    I think he deserves his day in court.
    What do you think impeachment means? Impeachment is only the accusation of a crime. He gets his day in court, and the Senate renders the verdict. Even Bill Clinton knows that!

    January 8, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Thomas

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

    Dunno, why don't we ask the people keeping political prisoners in GITMO that question?

    January 8, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Michael, Houston Texas

    It's about time. What else do they need. For him to actually commit murder?

    January 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. gt

    ya think !!!!

    January 8, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    And it's already happened. A story about a corrupt Democrat prompts someone (Al, NY NY) to bring up W in order to make the Democrat look good by comparison. When a corrupt Republican is being reported, people on here don't bring up corrupt Democrats to make the Republican look better. Hypocrites.

    January 8, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Johnny in NC

    Why not just let him go. We are in a brave new world now, with Obama soon to lead the country and all sorts of shadiness running through congress. Blago is the least of our worries at this point.

    January 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. PatC

    Shouldn't he at least way be indicted first? What happens if he is found not gulty? How much do you think the State of Ill. will fork out in money if he is found not guilty and was thereby wrongly impeached?
    Rember on the pay to play, somebody is going have to come up and say they were involved in the pay to play game with Blago. Obama has already giving orders for his people to deny. Jesse Jackson is denying, Harry Reid is denying, Rahm Emmanual is denying. These are all politicians with everything to lose. Everybody is going to lie. This is the flip side of the Michael Vick case where the other defendents had everything to gain by telling on Vick and they sung like canaries. Chicago politician chickens are coming home to roost.

    January 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Tim

    They are all brilliant, just brilliant.

    January 8, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. tom

    Come on Al and Cheryl...share with us your inside knowledge of this administration's "crimes". There is no question (with 20-20 hindsight) that some of them were wrong. There is no question (with 20-20 hindsight) that they are NOW not popular. Please provide the facts that they were criminal. Or (typically) are you just repeating what some told you, what someone else told him about another liberal who chooses to repeat disinformation long enough that they start believing it.

    I find it hard to believe with all the attacks by the left, Reid in particular, that if there were crimes committed that the dems would not been in a feeding frenzy.

    Sorry to burst another bubble liberals.

    January 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Dave

    I can't wait for Ray Liotta to play this guy in the TV movie of this event.

    January 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    The more I read and hear about Blagojevich, the more I like him. Sure, he tried to sell Obama's seat, but how is that any different than the argument I hear for Caroline Kennedy? Pundits all over the place are saying that Gov. Paterson absolutely must pick her because of her money. Ummm....isn't that exactly what Blago was doing? Yet we hear nothing about the NY seat. I also love the absolute moxie of this guy. He stymied the Democratic leaders in the Senate along with the President-Elect. This guy is one great politician. You gotta admire his political acumen. Hot Rod will not spend one solitary day in jail. He won't even be indicted until sometime in April. Fitzgerald chaged him before he had all the evidence, and there is no way he would get a fair trial. He may very well get impeached, but I am not even sure about that anymore. All I can say is, grab the popcorn and enjoy the show. I know I am!

    January 8, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Timothy - Brooklyn, NY

    Too little too late

    January 8, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |

    it's about time!

    and Bush will be next!

    January 8, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. shoegazer

    maybe his day in court will force him to change that"do"of his,he might consider a mullet......

    January 8, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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