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Illinois governor impeached

By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he was impeached today by the Illinois House because of his efforts to improve the lives of ordinary people.

He appeared before reporters after the body voted 114 to 1 to have him stand trial in the state Senate, which could remove him from office.

Furious lawmakers say he's turned state government into a "freak show." Not a single 1 of them spoke in his defense. But Blagojevich is portraying himself as a victim. He says he's committed no crime and will "fight every step of the way."

He ended the news conference by reciting a few lines from the poem "Ulysses" by Lord Alfred Tennyson, ending with: "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

The impeachment came one month to the day after Blagovich was arrested on federal charges that include trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

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