January 9th, 2009
11:53 AM ET
14 years ago

Illinois governor impeached; trial next step

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/09/art.blagohrg0109.gi.jpg caption="A committee of Illinois legislators heard testimony from Roland Burris Thursday."]
(CNN) - Illinois lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Friday to impeach embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich for what they call his abuse of power and mismanagement of the state.

The impeachment resolution needed just a simple majority to pass, but when it was all over the House voted 114 to 1 in favor of the measure. Now the action will move to the state Senate, which will try the case and decide whether to remove Blagojevich from office.

Blagojevich was arrested on December 9, one month ago today, after federal prosecutors alleged, among other things, that he tried to sell the Senate seat formerly held by President-elect Barack Obama.

Today's vote comes one day after a legislative committee unanimously recommended impeaching the governor amid corruption  allegations.

The governor issued a statement after committee's vote, criticizing the  proceedings and vote as unfair and biased. Blagojevich continues to proclaim his innocence against all allegations.

If Blagojevich is removed from office, Lt. Governor Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, would take over the top spot as governor.

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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Thalia, NY


    The state of Illinois can't impeach a president. Go back to your civics books. Only the US Congress can impeach a president. So leave Illinois out of this, all they can do is impeach their own governor.

    January 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. liz


    Aren't those 'alleged' war crimes you reference?

    Get real, if there were ANY meat to this war crimes business, don't you think the rabid partisans (Pelosi and Reid – the LEADERS of the Congress) would have already gone after Bush?

    January 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. yellow dog democrat

    learning curve!

    January 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. sick n tired

    The time has come for the hammer of justice to come crashing down on ALL crooked politicians! Enough is enough!

    January 9, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. cat

    Is this going to be like the same impeachment they gave Bill clinton?
    Where he says (I am not going nowhere) What a joke.
    Impeach him and make him go Bye Bye.

    January 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. john

    richard rohde – LOL – it will only be a couple more posts until they mention Govenor Palin...

    January 9, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Rudy

    We need a three strikes policy for Government officials cause they are as close to criminal as you can get. We should have a very strict drug policy for Government officials as well as public notices when violated and a government sponsored website with all public information that should be public. Anytime there is wrong doing the people who elected the official should hav ethe final say as to the degree of punishment as well as monitary damages that would then go to a fund for future elections. Politicians are like characters in a super hero magazine you can see read about them but don't ever ask one to step out and help you!

    January 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |

    Compare it to breaking your arm and selling a horse. Two different issues, right? Well, war in mid-east and Illinois Governor are two separate issues. Thank about it a bit and you'll get the idea.

    January 9, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Amber

    Who was the one who voted against?

    I can't BELIEVE Blago didn't resign this afternoon!!

    January 9, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Retired Army in San Antonio

    What I'd like to know is.......who was the ONE joker who voted NOT to impeach Blago?!?!?!?

    January 9, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Rob

    To Meh January 9th, 2009 11:25 am ET –

    How many times has the US been attacked on our shores since 9/11?

    President Bush says you're welcome.

    January 9, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    The continuation of another attempt to taint President-Elect Obama. Now it seems a little bit harder for another man of color to get in the Senate to even get close to the Presidency. Don't forget that Obama is half caucasian, but I guess that's not enough for some. Half African American is still too much for these hardcores. Please CNN, post this. People are really starting to see past all of this BS.

    January 9, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Stephee LeAnn

    It's about time they make up their minds.
    It was expected for the governor to be impeached. Yet, it was unexpected that the governor would try to fight back ....surely knowing he broke the law. Unbelievable!

    January 9, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Ted:Canada

    This is not nice! – but I have one question!

    Why does Blago look so stupid??

    America please! next time elect someone – anyone?
    that "looks" like they might "at least" have "below average intellegence".


    January 9, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Not a Teacher in Texas (thank God)

    Why should the Gov step down...if Washington is so desirous to
    let Burris have the senate seat then let it be. Of course, let's
    remember (as if we have to) that we still have the idiot in the
    White House, too.

    January 9, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |

    How lucky, Blago is the Dems male version of Sarah Palin.

    January 9, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Chris E

    I will be gald when all this mess is over, The DEMS are starting out bad with stuff they need to get taken care of ASAP, The country is in a bad shape and we can not wast time over the state of IL, Get the GOV out of office and lets get back to helping people who are out of a job

    January 9, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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