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Illinois State Lawmakers Will Recommend Blagojevich Be Impeached

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Illinois State Lawmakers Will Recommend Blagojevich Be Impeached

The IL House committee investigating Governor Blagojevich meets in Springfield. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

A committee of Illinois state lawmakers is recommending Governor Rod Blagojevich be impeached. The 21-member committee has been conducting hearings since mid-December, and today issued a preliminary report.

Report:

Read the draft (PDF)
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Near the beginning of their report, lawmakers stress that the possibility of impeachment “should be, and in Illinois has been, rarely invoked.”

The 59-page document then sprints through Blagojevich’s history in office.

It outlines the corruption charges he now faces, and plea agreements from people already convicted in the investigation of his administration.

The report concludes Blagojevich repeatedly abused his power, and recounts several ugly incidents.

It also describes some of the governor’s worst moments—like when he spent millions in state money on flu vaccines that were never approved to be imported into the country, and were ultimately destroyed.

The report concludes that “the totality of the evidence warrants the impeachment of the Governor for cause.”

Should the state house vote to impeach Blagojevich, the matter would go to the state senate for a trial.

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