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. tom

    Brian- Exactly what planet have you been living on. Bill Clinton was correctly IMPEACHED for High Crimes and Misdismeanors and DISBARRED for lying under oath in the state of Arkansas. He was not removed from office as a result of the manical and hypocritical political partisianship of the dems in Congress.

    That's why George Bush was elected – as a backlash to Clinton, along with the pathetic candidates the dems ran against him...Al "Carbon Credits" Gore and John "reporting for duty, but it was my buddies medal" Kerry.

    Thanks a lot dems...the last 8 years are as much YOUR fault as anybodies.

    January 8, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Center of the Middle

    Hello!!!! Thanks for the info Captain Obvious...

    January 8, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Honestlady

    Has he been found guilty yet??????

    January 8, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Ted:Canada

    Cut the crap!

    We want to hear the tapes!

    People who believe in "true democracy" want to know NOW – all three of us...

    smile!

    January 8, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. John

    Beanne, an innocent person would have been more than eager to provide all the necessary documents and answers to questions, especially when they're unjustly accused of a criminal action. Right now he is the "Ringmaster" of his own circus, and he seems to be enjoying it. I feel sorry for the people of Illinois, because they are the one's who suffered from his games. This is a primary example as to why people need to be more aware of what's going on in all governments, Federal, State, County, and City. Demand more accountability from all elected officials. Demand check points, for the purpose of lessening one's ability to accomplish fraud and deceit.

    The Governor of Illinois would have already proven his innocence, without hesitation, if he had nothing to hide. He should have already been impeached. He's only been provided more time to accomplish other acts against the people of Illinois, if that's his agenda. Sad isn't it, who do you trust when it comes to money.

    January 8, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. boered1

    so they start impeachment proceedings and when it comes to the part about being GUILTY of HIGH CRIMES and MISDOMENERS do they just say well he has been charged and so MUST be guilty?

    I guess if that reasoning worked for the people held in Gitmo it should work here also

    idiots

    January 8, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. SI Dem

    Why are all the other Illinois Dems staying so quit about Rod.What can he say about the rest of Illinois Politics

    January 8, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. KJL

    He was "guilty" the minute he started asking for bribes, and "proven guilty" when his own words were recorded. Everything else is just a formality. Throw the bum out.

    January 8, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Ken

    I think that they should and not only that, but to convict him of the crimes that he committed.

    I am sure that there should be a group of people that their only job is to make sure that ALL of the politicians are not committing any crimes, and if so, try them and put them away for a very long time.

    January 8, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Pam

    Just do it and let's move on!

    January 8, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Debby, NJ

    Time to for all of the politicians who are corrupt to go down...They are still American's and should be punished as such!

    January 8, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Rob

    Never ceases to amaze me how the dunder-headed dolts here spew the same lib, kook, Code Pink, namby-pamby, Sean Penn / Micheal Moore fed, bull about Bush and Chenney. In time you will be proven wrong and you will be made to look like bigger fools than you already are.

    Question – If Bush is so evil, so bad, then why has the Chosen One, Barack 'Jesus' Obama, had at least 2 face to face meetings and numerous phone calls with Bush. You'd think that if Bush was so bad, so evil, that Obama wouldn't want to have anything to do with him.

    But hey, all you tin foil hat wearing freaks keep up with your conspiracy theories. While the rest of us will see what real crooks do after january 19th.

    January 8, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Lauren the Designer

    Something about his face really just makes me want to punch him in it.

    January 8, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Alan

    "I am not a crook" . . . .

    January 8, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Larry from RI

    Hey WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm sorry, but it is quite over and PE Obama is YOUR president too!

    Quick, Rush is on!

    "Chuckle, snort" It sure is easy to keep these self proclaimed "Real Americans" occupied isn't it?

    January 8, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Brad IL.

    Come on Rod take the rest of these crook's with you. The Dem. party not wanting to seat Burris unless they can make a deal, do we have a double standard here. I think all these guy's make some kind of deal or deals to either gain financially or politically. Either way you gain financially, what makes the differance. This sham of just going after Blago before his day in court will come back and hopefully bite alot of these state politcians in the rear. Durbin, Jesse White, Stroger, Obama, Daley, etc...... , can we get cell's ready for all of them?

    January 8, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. California Gold

    This means in 2010 old Roland Burris is going to be campaigning as the appointee corrupt and in prison Blagojevich named. Burris can tell everyone he didn't pay Blagojevich, but if you sleep with dogs you're gonna catch fleas.

    January 8, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. regor60

    he may be impeached, but he won't be convicted. Why ?, because there is no case, that's why. He won't even go on trial-that's clear from the 90 days the prosecutor "needs" to actually develop a case. Oh, and Burrus will be seated as Senator ( as he should be if one chooses to observe the law rather than emotion)

    January 8, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Brian MC

    He needs to be impeached for that haircut!

    January 8, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Roy

    I agree with the panel...but it is ironic that THIS issue flies thru the congress (albeit the IL congress) with bi-partisan support....whereas anything related to employment, the economy, and taxes gets shunted off to someone's committee!!

    January 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Carl Justus

    They should wait to find out if he did anything wrong first. If the prosecutors case is so thin he needs another ninety days before he brings charges, he may not be as quilty as the media has been saying.

    January 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Jasmine in Germany

    Considering the circumstances, I don't think Burris should have accepted the position and he should have let the press have it be known. He would have been able to market himself as a super hero and would have become the senator anyway. Instead, he has created an image that he has comprimised himself.

    January 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. sam

    What about Richardson? Shouldn't we be having all this for him too? Shouldn't the lt gov in New Mexico be trying to force Richardson out? The double standard here reveals what's really happening. All of this is a smokescreen to cover up what is really going on. What that is will be for you to decide. It really bothers me that Quinn is considered a credible source to discredit the man he is trying desperately to replace with a father daughter team behind him with the Madigans. Investigate Blago yes, and investigate all of the others and their conflicts of interest too!

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. sam

    What about Richardson? Shouldn't we be having all this for him too? Shouldn't the lt gov in New Mexico be trying to force Richardson out? The double standard here reveals what's really happening. All of this is a smokescreen to cover up what is really going on. What that is will be for you to decide. It really bothers me that Quinn is considered a credible source to discredit the man he is trying desperately to replace with a father daughter team behind him with the Madigans. Investigate Blago yes, and investigate all of the others and their conflicts of interest too.

    January 8, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Proud American

    I recommend they put lip stick on him, put his hair in ponytails and drop him off at Statesville now. He would make some big black guy a pretty wife.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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