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|Retiring Senate President Sees Problems with Impeachment Committee
|State Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago) foresees some problems, now that the Illinois House has set up an impeachment committee. That group will look into federal corruption charges, as well as allegations of abuse of power, against Governor Rod Blagojevich.
The retiring Jones, an ally of the governor, says he can't give an opinion on whether the governor should resign or be impeached following federal corruption charges, because the Senate will act as judge and jury in this process. But he does see problems if the process stretches across this legislature and into the next one, which is seated in mid-January. He also thinks there are problems with the committee asking the governor and the U-S attorney's office to testify or submit information. Jones says testimony in the impeachment inquiry could be used against the governor in the criminal case, and the U-S attorney's office may not want to expose any more evidence than necessary.
State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) (Chair)
State Representative Eddie Acevedo (D-Chicago)
State Representative Monique Davis (D-Chicago)
State Representative Mary Flowers (D- Chicago)
State Representative Jack Franks (D-Woodstock)
State Representative John Fritchey (D-Chicago)
State Representative Julie Hamos (D-Evanston)
State Representative Gary Hannig (D-Litchfield)
State Representative Connie Howard (D-Chicago)
State Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie)
State Representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley)
State Representative Arthur Turner (D-Chicago)
State Representative Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs)
State Representative Suzie Bassi (R-Palatine)
State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale)
State Representative Bill Black (R-Danville)
State Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro)
State Representative Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville)
State Representative Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet)
State Representative Jim Sacia (R-Pecatonica)
State Representative Jil Tracy (R-Mt. Sterling)
(Illinois Radio Network)
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