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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Five questions for Monday

  1. Will the governor talk to the citizens in a meaningful way?
  2. Will the governor resign or stay in office?
  3. Will the Illinois Supreme Court grant the motions in front of it? Obviously, if the governor resigns first, these proceedings are moot.
  4. Will the legislature pass a bill removing the governor's power to appoint a U.S. Senator? If the governor resigns, will they do it anyway?
  5. If the governor does not resign, will the Illinois house begin impeachment proceedings? If so, how long will this take?

What else?

Edit to Amend Number 4: Thinking about it, passing a bill to remove the governor's ability to appoint a U.S. Senator is a waste of time and energy. If by chance the governor tries to appoint someone, the Senate President, Harry Reid, has already said that appointment will not be accepted. I think.

Edit again: The SJ-R lists some issues the Illinois House will have to deal with in an impeachment proceeding.

Edit on Monday: ArchPundit says there basically are no issues: Impeachment is Political Not Legal. I'm starting to get it.

Posted by Marie at December 14, 2008 10:48 PM


Are some of these measures (specifically the removal of power to appoiunt) simply knee-jerk reactions, or are they truly necessary?

For that matter, is that power to appoint something enumerated in your Constitution? And if so, can the legislature truly remove it?

Did your previous Governor try to pull shenanigans inbetween arrest and removal from office? (Too lazy to look up circumstances)

Posted by: ben at December 14, 2008 11:30 PM

In theory, removing the power to appoint should not be necessary. One, if the Gov resigns, then his successor, the Lt. Gov. will appoint; and two, if the Gov tries to appoint anyone at this point, it would probably be turned down by the U.S. Senate.

Actually, the power to appoint is explained in the U.S. Constitution:

"If a Senator dies or resigns during the term, the governor of the State must call a special election unless the State legislature has authorized the governor to appoint a successor until the next election, at which time a successor is elected for the balance of the term. Most of the State legislatures have granted their governors the power of appointment."


So yes the legislature can remove it.

Actually, our previous governor was convicted for crimes he committed while he was Secretary of STate (the office he held before he became governor). He saw the handwriting on the wall, and at the end of his first term as governor, decided not to run again. Despite the criminal part, George Ryan was a totally different kind of politician than Rod Blagojevich has proven to be.

Posted by: Marie at December 15, 2008 12:07 AM

You know, I haven't followed the progress of the Illinois governors very closely until they're headed for the hoosegow. But one thing Ryan did that really did seem principled, from afar anyway, was to call a halt to executions because of the repeated discovery of condemned men who were wrongly convicted. Ryan's act was not an easy or popular one, but it was the one that justice demanded.

Blagojevich -- has he done *anything* that will make people stand back and say, well, he was a bum, but he actually did one or two things that were upstanding and honorable? I'm asking seriously.

Posted by: Dan at December 16, 2008 1:52 AM

Blagojevich had some ideas which seemed good at the time. One I'm thinking of is his expanded health care for children. But there are problems with funding it. I don't even know where that stands right now.

Posted by: Marie at December 16, 2008 10:13 PM

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