Blago's Impeachment Is a Go, Even Without Tapes

Panel says it has sufficient evidence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2009 10:38 AM CST
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich looks out at the media after he announces his choice of Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago.    (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – Members of Rod Blagojevich's impeachment panel say they will move forward despite the possibility that they might not get to hear federal wiretaps of the governor's conversations with aides and others. "These tapes are relevant evidence, we'd like to have them," said a lawyer for the impeachment panel, but added that the panel could wrap up its work as early as this week. "We have already gathered a large volume of evidence."

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, saying that Illinois has become an "international laughing stock," said he'll create an advisory panel to recommend ways to root out and thwart corrupt officials.