Illinois House on verge of impeaching Blagojevich

By: The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - With defenders almost impossible to find, Gov. Rod Blagojevich faces almost certain impeachment when the Illinois House convenes later today.
The governor seemed to acknowledge the inevitable when he issued a statement last night that looked past the House vote and predicted a different outcome in the subsequent Senate trial. His statement criticized the hearings leading up to the House vote as unfair and biased.
A House committee began studying the possibility of impeachment shortly after the governor's arrest on federal corruption charges. Yesterday, the 21-member panel unanimously recommended impeachment, saying Blagojevich has abused his power and mismanaged the state.
Wasting no time, House Speaker Michael Madigan scheduled a vote for this morning.