Without a dissenting vote, the Illinois State Senate found Rod Blagojevich guilty of abuse of his office. He was the eighth governor in United States history to be removed, andthe first in 21 years.Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na
Blagojevich Ousted by Illinois State Senate
By MALCOLM GAY and SUSAN SAULNY
Published: January 29, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Senate Thursday convicted Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on a sprawling article of impeachment that charged him with abusing his power. The vote prompted the governor’s immediate and permanent ouster and ended nearly two months of political spectacle in which he sought unsuccessfully to salvage his reputation and career here and across the country.
Mr. Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat who rose from the ranks of Chicago ward politics on the strength of his charisma and family connections, is the first governor in the state’s history to be impeached. The senators voted 59 to 0 in favor of removing him after a four-day trial and about two hours of deliberation.
© Janet Crain
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