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Illinois held hostage: day 21 by mrsteabag on 30 December 2008 10:07pm
 
Despite all the calls for resignation, despite state house reps making beautiful progress with the Articles of Impeachment, Gov. Blagoyevich up and appointed a replacement for Pres-elect Obama this afternoon. This is after the Democrats in the US Senate making it really clear that anyone B. appoints will not be seated and Jesse White, the Secretary of State, has announced that there is no way in the world he'll sign off on the paperwork.
What's really sad is that Rolland Burris, the appointee, is a pretty standup guy and under other circumstances would be a great choice--former comptroller and attorney general, gets along with everyone pretty well. Now he's been kicked into this cesspool...feh.
 
Re: Illinois held hostage: day 21 by tucsonmike on 31 December 2008 12:34am
 
Exactly and by accepting, do people now suspect his motives.
 
Re: Illinois held hostage: day 21 by sighthound on 31 December 2008 6:40am
 
Somebody has to do the job. Burris doesn't seem to have ulterior motives. Blagoyevich seems to have picked the one unassailable candidate.
 
Re: Illinois held hostage: day 21 by tucsonmike on 31 December 2008 12:47pm
 
I wonder though. Can they State Legislature overturn Burris' appointment?
 
Re: Illinois held hostage: day 21 by mrsteabag on 1 January 2009 8:54pm
 
I don't know if they can overturn the appointment. But a couple of other developments: Mr. Burris made a small but significant contribution to gov. B's campaign fund, and Mr. Burris' son's company was awarded some pretty contracts. State legislature may begin impeachment proceedings as early as next week. The US Senate can refuse to seat Mr. Burris. Stay tuned....
 
Re: Illinois held hostage: day 21 by bIG bLOGGER on 3 April 2009 3:15pm
 
mrsteabag:do you have an update on the Blagoyevich case developments? I heard on our news he has been indicted...
 
Re: Illinois held hostage: day 21 by mrsteabag on 4 April 2009 7:50pm
 
bIG, sorry--been away the last couple of days. Sixteen counts of extortion, fraud, conspiracy to commit such, and more to come. He also tried to shake down Rahm Emmanuel, congress rep turned Obama's chief of staff. Former Gov. B was at Disneyworld with his family when it came down. Fitting, somehow. There's more to come. After the arrest, the US States' Attorney asked that anyone who had any info please come forward. The line went out of the Dirksen Federal Building and around the block. Stay tuned.
 
Re: Illinois held hostage: day 21 by sighthound on 4 April 2009 10:02pm
 
It's interesting how the ex-Gov's wife benefited from so many of these schemes yet she was not among those indicted. Wonder if she is going to turn State's evidence...?
 



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