A Just Cause: The Impeachment and Removal of Governor Rod Blagojevich

A Just Cause: The Impeachment and Removal of Governor Rod Blagojevich

by Bernard Sieracki, Jim Edgar

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Overview

Illinois State Historical Society Certificate of Excellence 2016

During the predawn hours of December 9, 2008, an FBI team swarmed the home of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and took him away in handcuffs. The shocking arrest, based on allegations of corruption and extortion, launched a chain of political events never before seen in Illinois. In A Just Cause, Bernard H. Sieracki delivers a dynamic firsthand account of this eight-week political crisis, beginning with Blagojevich’s arrest, continuing through his impeachment and trial, and culminating in his conviction and removal from office. Drawing on his own eyewitness observations of the hearings and trial, the comments of interviewees, trial transcripts, and knowledge gained from decades of work with the Illinois legislature, Sieracki tells the compelling story of the first impeachment and removal from office of an Illinois governor, while providing a close look at the people involved.

A Just Cause depicts Blagojevich as a master of political gamesmanship, a circus ringmaster driven by personal ambition and obsessed with private gain. Sieracki examines in depth the governor’s unethical behavior while in office, detailing a litany of partisan and personal hostilities that spanned years. He thoroughly covers the events leading to Blagojevich’s downfall and the reactions of the governor’s cohorts. The author discusses the numerous allegations against Blagojevich, including attempts to “sell” appointments, jobs, and contracts in exchange for financial contributions. Sieracki then exhaustively recounts Blagojevich’s senate trial and the governor’s removal from office.

This engrossing volume is both a richly detailed case study of the American checks-and-balances system and an eyewitness account of unprecedented events. It will appeal to anyone interested in the stunning, true tale of a state upholding the maxim “The welfare of the people is the supreme law.” 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809334643
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 218
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Bernard H. Sieracki teaches public administration at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and at the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Sieracki received his PhD from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Prior to teaching he was an Illinois lobbyist for nearly four decades.  

Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword ix
Jim Edgar
Prologue 1
1. The Crisis Erupts 6
2. Cause for Impeachment 19
3. The House Investigation 33
4. The Impeachment Resolution 85
5. Senate Preparations 105
6. The Trial 113
7. The Last Day 160
Epilogue 190
Notes 195
Index 209
Gallery starting on page 95

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