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Illinois Legislature Begins New Session Amidst Impeachment Process

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Illinois Legislature Begins New Session Amidst Impeachment Process

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The Illinois House is beginning its 96th session as members were sworn in at one of the state’s rockier periods in its 190-year history. Representatives, accompanied by family members, filled Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield to take their oaths Wednesday, just days after the House impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The two-term Democrat presided over the swearing in of the Senate, the chamber that will begin preparing for a trial over his removal from office. The House voted to impeach Blagojevich last Friday, before it ended its work for the two-year session. Illinois House Speaker spokesman Steve Brown says a second impeachment vote was needed because of the upcoming Senate trial. Brown says the vote from the previous House had expired.

Related: Live video of the IL Senate
Related: Live video of the IL House

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