A group of angry Illinoisans is calling for the Illinois House of Representatives to perform its Constitutional duty and initiate an investigation into whether Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be impeached for his actions as Illinois Executive Officer.
According to Article 4, Section 14 of the Illinois Constitution, the House of Representatives has the sole power to conduct legislative investigations to determine the existence of cause for impeachment and, by the vote of a majority of the members, elected, to impeach Executive and Judicial officers.
Citizens to Impeach Blagojevich (CIB) was inspired by state Rep. Mike Bosts comments on the Illinois House floor, raising the I word during a special session called by the governor himself. Bosts query sparked a response by fellow Republican state Rep. Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) that the Constitution specifically allows impeachment discussion in special called sessions.
The Web site, www.ImpeachBlago.com, was launched as a grassroots, citizen reaction to Blagojevichs continued mismanagement of the state. Like California in 2003, the people of Illinois have had enough of Blagojevichs fiscal negligence. And like the recall of California Gov. Gray Davis, this petition effort is an attempt to take whatever constitutional measures are available to change leadership, and ensure the future solvency of Illinois.
The petition will be presented to House Speaker Mike Madigan, House Minority Leader Tom Cross, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Blagojevich in an ongoing fashion as signatures are collected.
from the July 18-24, 2007, issue