Posted tagged ‘Rod Blagojevich’

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”

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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.