The December 9 arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich on federal corruption charges triggered calls by state and federal officials, both Democrat and Republican, for his resignation or for impeachment if he refuses to resign.

I have filed a resolution calling for his immediate resignation. The General Assembly has a lot of work to do to find answers to the many problems facing Illinois. The nature and severity of the federal allegations will make it impossible for him to participate effectively in our efforts to chart a new direction for our state.

On December 15, House Speaker Michael Madigan made a move toward impeachment by appointing a committee to recommend whether the Legislature should start impeachment proceedings.

Speaker Madigan said he wants the committee to meet every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. This week, the Committee met Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and will return next week to meet Monday and Tuesday, before breaking for Christmas. When it is meeting, the Committee can be seen on CNN Live.

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