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Illinois House members voted 114-1 last week to impeach Governor Rod R. Blagojevich on grounds that he abused the powers of his office. The historic vote came one month to the day that Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges for allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. The Illinois Senate is scheduled to begin the trial phase of the impeachment process on Monday, January 26 and may conclude its work in early February. Blagojevich has adamantly denied any wrongdoing and has pledged to fight to keep his seat as the state's chief executive.
In this episode hosted by Jak Tichenor and Jennifer Fuller, State Representatives John Bradley (D) Marion and Mike Bost (R) Murphysboro discuss events leading up to the impeachment vote and how the General Assembly is trying to carry on government business during the leadership crisis, including efforts to pay billions of dollars in overdue state bills.
Host: Jak Tichenor, Jennifer Fuller
Guest(s): Mike Bost, John Bradley
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