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Ill. Senate begins proceedings in governor's trial

Ill. Senate begins proceedings in governor's trial

Illinois Senators have taken the first steps in the proceedings to decide whether Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich) is thrown out of office.
The Senators were sworn in as jurors Wednesday by the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. They also heard the official impeachment charges from the House and signed a summons informing Blagojevich of his trial.
The summons was to be delivered to the governor's office in the state Capitol.
The Senate also approved rules for the trial, which is to begin Jan. 26. The rules govern issues such as issuing subpoenas. They also allow a majority of Senators to override rulings by the judge.
The House impeached Blagojevich last week. Now the Senate will decide whether to convict and oust him.


Updated : 2021-06-21 22:26 GMT+08:00