Illinois House impeaches Blagojevich


Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, oversees the Illinois House Impeachment Committee Hearing at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. An attorney for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Ed Genson, told a House committee that there's no evidence the governor ever took any illegal action to auction off a U.S. Senate seat or pressure the Chicago Tribune to fire its editorial writers.

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Published: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 11:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 11:43 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois The Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, an unprecedented step in state history.

The action sets the stage for a state Senate trial on whether Blagojevich 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 has denied wrongdoing.

The House began impeachment proceedings after federal authorities arrested Blagojevich Dec. 9. He is accused, among other things, of attempting to sell an appointment to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat for political favors.

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