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Senate Votes To Remove Blagojevich From Office, 59-0

CHRISTOPHER WILLS | January 29, 2009 08:14 PM EST | AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Rod Blagojevich was thrown out of office Thursday without a single lawmaker rising in his defense, ending a nearly two-month crisis that erupted with his arrest on charges he tried to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

Blagojevich becomes the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment.

After a four-day trial, the Illinois Senate voted 59-0 to convict him of abuse of power, automatically ousting the second-term Democrat. In a second, identical vote, lawmakers further barred Blagojevich from ever holding public office in the state again.

“He failed the test of character. He is beneath the dignity of the state of Illinois. He is no longer worthy to be our governor,” said Sen. Matt Murphy, a Republican from suburban Chicago.

Blagojevich’s troubles are not over. Federal prosecutors are drawing up an indictment against him on corruption charges.

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Saturday Night Live: Rachel Maddow Interviews Burris And Blagojevich (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |   January 11, 2009 08:27 AM

“Saturday Night Live” kicked off the year with a new Rachel Maddow impression by castmember Amy Elliott, who joined the show in November.
The show opened with Maddow interviewing Roland Burris (Keenan Thompson) about his repeated attempts to break into the Senate.

Watch the week’s other skits here.

Maddow then welcomed Rob Blagojevich, played by Jason Sudeikis in a horribly realistic wig, who went on to call Maddow an assortment of wrong names from Ellen to K.D. Lange while swearing and making threats.

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Jan 9, 11:36 AM EST

Associated Press- Illinois House impeaches Gov. Rod Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY’-uh-vich), an unprecedented step in state history.

The action sets the stage for a Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out of office for corruption and abuse of power.

House members found evidence that the two-term Democrat had abused his power, including improperly spending tax money, adopting programs without legislative approval and violating state hiring laws. He’s denied wrongdoing.

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Blagojevich Could Be Impeached Next Week

Via: Huffington Post/ Associated Press |   January 2, 2009 01:41 PM

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich could be impeached as early as next week.

The Illinois House has changed its schedule and will meet several days next week.

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says the chamber may vote on a recommendation from the special committee studying whether Blagojevich should be impeached.

It would take a simple majority vote for the House to impeach — which basically means accusing him of misconduct.

Then the state Senate would hold a trial to determine if the governor is guilty. A conviction there requires a two-thirds majority.

Blagojevich was arrested last month on federal corruption charges.

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Fitzgerald Asks Blago Impeachment Panel Not To Subpoena Obama Aides

Associated Press |  Caryn Rousseau   |   December 27, 2008 02:58 PM

CHICAGO — The Illinois House committee investigating a possible impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich won’t subpoena two incoming White House advisers, a spokesman said Saturday, shutting down a request from the embattled governor’s attorney.

In a letter received by the committee Friday, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said any such subpoenas “would interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation into the activities of Governor Rod Blagojevich and others.”

Fitzgerald asked the special investigative committee specifically to not subpoena President-elect Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Obama incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Nils Larsen, a Tribune Co. executive vice president.

“The committee unanimously decided from the beginning that they wouldn’t do anything to impede the investigation,” committee spokesman Steve Brown said Saturday. “We’ll follow that practice.”

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llinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, says goodbye to his two daughters in a mini van as his wife Patti waits to depart their home in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

llinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, says goodbye to his two daughters in a mini van as his wife Patti waits to depart their home in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Obama: No Blagojevich Contact, No “Inappropriate Discussions”

December 15, 2008 05:08 PM EST | AP

CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama had no direct contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about the appointment of a Senate replacement and his aides had “no inappropriate discussions,” a spokesman for the transition office said Monday in disclosing the results of an internal review.

The spokesman, Dan Pfeiffer, said the review itself would be kept confidential at least until the week of Dec. 22 at the request of federal prosecutors “in order not to impede their investigation of the governor.”

Controversy has swirled around the president-elect and his incoming White House chief of staff, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, following Blagojevich’s arrest last week on charges he schemed to trade Obama’s Senate seat for personal gain.

As governor, Blagojevich has sole authority to appoint a replacement, although fellow Democrats have demanded he refrain from doing so and Illinois lawmakers may consider legislation stripping him of his power.

State lawmakers also took the first step toward possible impeachment during the day.

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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he leaves a downtown office building Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Chicago. Blagojevich was arrested this week on federal charges that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obamas vacant Senate seat. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he leaves a downtown office building Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Chicago. Blagojevich was arrested this week on federal charges that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Illinois Lawmakers Meet To Consider Impeaching Blagojevich

CHRISTOPHER WILLS | December 15, 2008 12:33 PM EST | AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Rod Blagojevich hasn’t ruled out signing a bill creating a special election to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat, his spokesman said Monday, the first hint the embattled governor may loosen his grip on the seat.

Blagojevich was arrested last week on charges he tried to profit from his power to choose Obama’s replacement and shook down businesses seeking state deals.

While Blagojevich hasn’t seen a proposed special election bill he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of signing such a bill, spokesman Lucio Guerrero said early Monday without elaborating.

The governor, meanwhile, remained defiant and returned to work Monday to sign a tax credit bill after earlier seeing off his wife, Patti, and the couple’s two daughters.

The Legislature was to meet Monday afternoon to consider special election legislation, but lawmakers also were likely to discuss impeaching Blagojevich.

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SNL: David Patterson, Gov. Blagojevich, Wedding Toast & More (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |   December 14, 2008 08:26 AM

Saturday Night Live welcomed Hugh Laurie as host for the final show of 2008. The biggest news came during Weekend Update Amy Poehler said goodbye to her days as a castmember.
Two of the other highlights also came from Weekend Update. In what will be their final installment of “Really?!? with Seth and Amy,” the Update anchors address Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s refusal to resign his position. In addition to the stupidity of being caught on a wire, they addressed his hair.
“It’s beside the point, but… The hair. Really! It looks you’re wearing a toupee that’s also wearing a toupee. It’s a pro-ceeding hairline… The first time I saw you, I thought you were walking away.”

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Blagojevich Could Decide Future By Monday

Huffington Post |   December 13, 2008 12:09 PM

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who finished a tumultuous work week with a visit to a federal courthouse, may announce his decision on whether or not to resign from office as early as Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times, citing an anonymous “source close to the governor” reports:

“He was blindsided by this,” the source said. “He needs some time to digest what’s going on. He’s going to make his position clear shortly.”On Friday, in his first public comments since his arrest, the governor did not rule out the possibility he might resign. As he left the federal courthouse after a visit to the pretrial services office, a reporter asked the governor, “Do you have anything to say to the people of Illinois?”

He replied, “I will at the appropriate time. Absolutely.”

“Are you going to resign?” the reporter asked.

“I’ll have a lot to say at the appropriate time,” Blagojevich answered.

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Malkin: Democrats Will ‘Turn On A Dime’ Against Patrick Fitzgerald

Think Progress- By Ali Frick at 2:28 pm

This morning on Fox and Friends, right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin took up the conservative mantra of linking President-elect Obama to disgraced governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL). (In fact, Obama may have “indirectly contributed to the downfall” of Blagojevich.) Malkin and host Brian Kilmeade also insisted that Democrats, in seeking to defend the governor, would turn on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and attempt to discredit his investigation:

KILMEADE: You know, one thing I think Patrick Fitzgerald is bulletproof. Because if Democrats are going to say he’s this non-partisan, A-plus investigator when he’s going after Scooter Libby, how could they turn around and say he has an agenda when he’s going after the Chicago governor and wherever those links lie?

MALKIN: That’s a really good point, Brian. Of course, they will try to do it.

BRIAN: Sure.

MALKIN: They turn on a dime on their former heroes and they will in this case.

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Yesterday, Illinois state Republican chairman Andy McKenna, talking to Politico, similarly insinuated that Fitzgerald’s job was in danger. “Some have wondered if Barack Obama would keep Fitzgerald,” he said.

Malkin and McKenna are fear-mongering for no purpose, however. Obama has already made it clear he intends to keep Fitzgerald at his post. His transition team yesterday pointed reporters to a statement Obama had made in June: “I still think he’s doing a good job. Yes,” Obama said. “I think he has been aggressive in putting the city on notice and the state on notice that he takes issues of public corruption seriously.”

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