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Impeachment charges against Illinois governor

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[January 30, 2009]  (AP) The 13 accusations in the Illinois House's article of impeachment against Rod Blagojevich:

  • Plotting to obtain a personal benefit in exchange for his appointment to fill the vacant seat in the United States Senate.

  • Plotting to award state financial help to Tribune Co. only if members of the Chicago Tribune editorial board were fired.

  • Plotting to sign legislation related to the horse racing industry in exchange for campaign contributions.

  • Plotting to award a tollway contract and expand a tollway project in exchange for campaign contributions.

  • Plotting to release pediatric care reimbursements to Illinois doctors and hospitals in exchange for campaign contributions.

  • Plotting to appoint someone to the Illinois Finance Authority in exchange for campaign contributions.

  • Plotting to award state contracts in exchange for campaign contributions.

  • Plotting to award permits and authorizations in exchange for campaign contributions.

  • Refusing to recognize the authority of a legislative committee, disregarding the doctrine of separation of powers and violating the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act by unilaterally expanding a state program.

  • Improperly procuring foreign flu vaccine that could not be brought into the United States.

  • Creating the I-SaveRx program, which allowed Illinoisans to buy foreign medicine that may not comply with state pharmacy and drug laws.

  • Setting up the Agency Efficiency Initiative, under which one state agency billed other agencies for poorly documented or nonexistent savings, circumventing the appropriations process.

  • Violating state and federal law regarding the hiring and firing of government employees.

[Associated Press]

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