Your NPR news source

Blagojevich Impeached All Over Again

SHARE Blagojevich Impeached All Over Again
Blagojevich Impeached All Over Again

Gov. Rod Blagojevich presides over the Illinois Senate Wednesday in Springfield. (AP/Jeff Roberson)

The new Illinois House has voted 117 to 1 to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich. Members had to re-do the vote taken last Friday, because a new session of the Legislature began today. Chicago Democrat Barbara Flynn Currie led the committee that recommended impeachment.

CURRIE: Inaugural Day is traditionally a day exclusively for celebation. But the oath we have just taken requires that we immediately take up the issue of the governor’s lack of fidelity to the state’s constitution and it laws.

The top Republican on the impeachment committee was state Representative Jim Durkin from Western Springs.

DURKIN: We weighed the evidence before the committee, and we reached the appropriate conclusion. That decision was not based on emotion. It was based on the evidence.

The only legislator to vote against impeachment today was the governor’s sister-in-law. Deborah Mell’s sister is married to Blagojevich.

The governor is accused of - among other things - trying to sell the state’s vacant U.S. Senate seat for personal gain. Blagojevich strongly denies any wrongdoing.

Unfiltered:Democrat Barbara Flynn Currie’s Statement
Unfiltered: Republican Jim Durkin’s Statement

The Latest