Ill. House Panel: Impeach Blago

Body documents numerous charges against governor
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2009 11:41 AM CST
This Dec. 19, 2008 file photo shows Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevic at the State of Illinois Building in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – The Illinois House panel investigating Rod Blagojevich today released a report recommending his impeachment, the Chicago Tribune reports. The 69-page draft includes a laundry list of offenses, including misuse of state funds, refusing to release federal subpoenas to the public, and the much-publicized pay-to-play allegation. The committee said the governor’s refusal to testify before them sealed his fate.

“The citizens of this state must have confidence that their governor will faithfully serve the people and put their interests before his own,” the report concludes. “It is with profound regret that the committee finds that our current governor has not done so.” The full House is expected to vote on the recommendation tomorrow. If it passes, the Senate would begin a trial against Blagojevich.