Posted tagged ‘Illinois’

Blagojevich Ousted

January 29, 2009

Today the Illinois State Senate voted in a 59-0 vote to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich and swear in the Lt. Governor. After spending the last week on a media blitz to profess his innocence to America, the legacy of Mr. Blagojevich has finally come to an end. Perhaps one of the most memorable lines from the hearings on CSPAN was Illinois State Senator Meeks who ended his remarks with,

We’ve got this thing called impeachment and its bleepin’ golden!

Blagojevich went to the trial insisting that he had done no wrong doing, however the evidence was too strong against him for the state senate. Blagojevich said earlier, ““You haven’t proved a crime — and you can’t, because it hasn’t happened. How can you throw a governor out of office with incomplete or insufficient evidence?” President Obama offered his insight saying that he was working forward to working with Gov. Quinn and that this moment “ended a painful moment for Illinois”

Blagojevich Deserves Fair Treatment (Even If He Is Arrogant)

January 9, 2009

Today, the Illinois State Legislature impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich by a vote of an overwhelming 114-1.  Illinois Representative Chapin Rose stated about the reports:

“The report speaks for itself and contains many, many, many acts that I find, and most of my colleagues find, to be impeachable…The evidence is overwhelmingly damning

The Gov. held a press conference today to reiterate his resilience to the matter. Blagojevich stated his record of contention with the Illinois state government. He passionately reasserted to the American people that it is not an impeachable crime to provide families with proper health care. The Governor stated:

The House’s action today, and the causes of the impeachment, are because I’ve done things to fight for families who are with me here today

While his attempts to take people’s focus off the impeachment failed miserably, there is a bigger point that needs to be made. We live in America and in this country, people are all afforded the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven in a court of law. Recently there has been a hot and decisive battle as to whether Roland Burris should be allowed to be seated in the Senate despite being nominated by the governor. Despite the fact that the Governor may be a jerk, he legally is still the governor and has every right to continue his job until he is in the court room. It is important in American politics not to get wrapped up in guessing games and mob mentality. Blagojevich deserves to be brought to justice in every apporpiate, legal manner and the courts will decide whether Gov. Rod Blagojevich is still fit to run the state of Illinois. It is important not to forget that this case has yet to even be sent to the Illinois Senate, where Blagojevich expects a much more aggressive debate and tighter vote.

Blagojevich Appoints Roland Burris As New Senator

December 30, 2008
Roland W. Burris

Roland W. Burris

(New York) – Illinois Governor Blagojevich has named Roland Burris as the new junior Senator from Illinois and he would be the only black senator. Burris has to be approved by the Illinois Secretary of State and then accepted by the Senate.

Roland Burris was the Illinois State Comptroller before being the Illinois Attorney General.

Burris himself has not been accused of any wrong doing in the investigation surrounding the governor and his appointment of the person to represent Illinois in the Senate.

The governor introduced him today at a press conference and we will await to see how the senate reacts to this. President-Elect Obama was upset that he did not listen to senate Democrats.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Arrested

December 9, 2008
AP Photo/Seth Perlman

AP Photo/Seth Perlman

The Governor of Illinois Rod Balgojevich was arrested for conspiring to gain financially through his power to appoint a successor to President-Elect Obama’s cabinet post.

The FBI had court authorized wire taps which proved he was willing to sell or trade the seat in exchange for benefits.

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said in a statement that “the breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering.”

“They allege that Blagojevich put a for sale sign on the naming of a United States senator,” Fitzgerald said.

Congratulations Barack Obama

June 3, 2008

Today Barack Obama a senator from Illinois has received enough delegates to effectively sucure the democratic nomination for president. This was a tight race, Hillary Clinton was a worthy opponent and now we all will unite together to make sure a democrat wins the White House!