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March 3, 2009 | Monique Garcia
First he was charged with trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat. Now ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is trying to sell a book about it. Blagojevich's publicity agent announced Monday that the impeached governor would receive an undisclosed "six figure" sum to pen a book about the "dark side of politics." Blagojevich faces federal charges that he tried to sell the U.S. seat relinquished by President Obama in exchange for campaign donations or other favors.
January 30, 2009 | Ray Long and Rick Pearson
Brushing aside the governor's pleas of innocence, the Illinois Senate unanimously voted Thursday to remove Rod R. Blagojevich and impose a "political death penalty" that bars him from ever holding public office in the state. The action came after a four-day impeachment trial on allegations that the Democrat had abused his power -- trying, among other things, to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.
January 29, 2009 | Ray Long and Ashley Rueff
After boycotting his impeachment trial for nearly a week, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich accepted the Illinois Senate's challenge to confront his accusers: With his political life on the line, he will present the closing argument today in his defense. Showing his trademark flair for the dramatic, the two-term Democrat reversed course Wednesday after a multi-day tour of national talk shows, where he branded the impeachment trial a rigged political hanging.
January 28, 2009 | Ray Long and John Chase
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's voice resonated through the Illinois Senate at his impeachment trial Tuesday even though he stayed in New York on his frenzied media tour. Legislators leaned forward in their seats and strained to hear tantalizing snippets of recordings that triggered the governor's arrest on federal corruption charges last month and the state House's vote to impeach him. The articles of impeachment include allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell the U.S.
January 12, 2009 | Jill Zuckman and Rick Pearson
Roland Burris will probably replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate this week once the Senate's legal counsel completes a review, Assistant Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday. The legal counsel is to evaluate additional paperwork today on Burris' appointment by impeached Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, Durbin said. Burris, 71, was appointed by Blagojevich three weeks after the governor's arrest on federal corruption charges, including that he tried to sell the Senate seat.
January 10, 2009 | Ray Long and Rick Pearson
The Illinois House voted Friday to impeach disgraced Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and send him to trial in the Senate with the aim of removing the two-term Democrat from state public office forever. The governor's Dec. 9 arrest on corruption charges was the trigger, but lawmakers unloaded six years of grievances in a swift 114-1 vote. Their action made the state's 40th governor the first in state history to be impeached.
January 9, 2009 | Ray Long and Ashley Rueff
Roland Burris told the Illinois impeachment panel Thursday that he cut no deals with embattled Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, and he heard no quid pro quos. "Absolutely, positively not," said Burris, 71. "I can before this committee state that there was nothing . . . legal, personal or political exchanged for my appointment to this seat."
January 9, 2009 | Ray Long and Rick Pearson
An Illinois legislative committee unanimously voted Thursday to recommend that Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich be impeached based on allegations that he abused his powers and sold his office to enrich himself. House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, predicted that the full House would impeach Blagojevich as soon as today, the first such action in state history. If so, his trial would be held in the state Senate, with senators acting as jurors.
January 8, 2009 | Mike Dorning
After days of distracting controversy -- and a quiet request from President-elect Barack Obama -- Senate Democrats opened a path Wednesday toward ushering Roland Burris into the seat vacated by Obama. A top Senate Democratic source said Obama's concerns were among several factors that resulted in an about-face by Senate leaders, who had vowed to reject Burris or anyone else appointed by disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. Obama told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.
January 3, 2009 | Ray Long and John Chase
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is speeding up the effort to eject Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich from office, telling lawmakers to be prepared to vote on the governor's impeachment as soon as next week. Leaders in Springfield and Washington are pursuing the same goal: denying a U.S. Senate seat to former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris, Blagojevich's choice to fill the seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama.
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