Impeach Lady  

Background from the

Illinois Senate Republican Caucus


“An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history."

– Gerald Ford


History in the Making:
The Impeachment Trial of Rod Blagojevich

Governor SpeaksIn the final days of January, 2009, the Illinois Senate was the scene of an historic event.

For the first time in the history of the state, a sitting Governor went on trial in a rare Impeachment Tribunal.

The Illinois Senate voted 59-0 Thursday, Jan. 29, to convict Governor Rod Blagojevich, removing him from office. The Senate then voted 59-0 to also ban him from holding future office in Illinois.

With that action, Lt. Governor Pat Quinn became Governor.

Listen to Closing Arguments
Complete audio
of the closing arguments of the
House Prosecutor and the Governor,
as well as the Prosecutor's rebuttal plus much more are available on our audio/video archives page.


In order to help preserve the record and provide a resource for students of Illinois Government, the Senate Republican Caucus will continue to maintain this website dedicated to the 2009 Impeachment Tribunal.

Radogno interviewed by mediaBut, the Senate Republican Caucus firmly believes that while Governor Blagojevich has been removed from office, much more work needs to be done. In addition to serving as an archive of the impeachment trial, it is our intent to continue to update this website and use it as a resource for further reform. The Senate Republican Caucus is committed to reforms that will prevent abuse in the future.