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Illinois Lawmakers to Focus on Ousting Governor During Today's Session

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers meet today for the
first time since the arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich
(blah-GOY'-uh-vich).
The session's focus is supposed to be about considering a
special election. But impeachment is likely to be the chief topic
of conversation.
Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for impeachment
proceedings against Blagojevich. They say the step is necessary to
restore public confidence in state government.
Blagojevich, a Democrat, was arrested last week on charges he
shook down businesses and tried to profit from his power to fill
President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
A Blagojevich spokesman says the governor "has no plans on
resigning Monday."
The state constitution gives lawmakers broad authority to
impeach a governor for any reason they consider sufficient. The
House would decide whether to file charges against the governor,
and the Senate would ultimately rule on them.


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