EDITORIALS

Impeach Blagojevich now

Robert Blackford/Opinion

The legislature should move immediately to impeach current Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

His reign of terror must come to an end. The state is $4 billion behind in paying its bills while its governor has allegedly used his time to further his own financial interest at the expense of the citizens of the state.

The governor allegedly attempted to auction off the senate seat of the president elect to the highest bidder, considered withholding funding for a children's hospital until he received a campaign contribution and even held up funding for the Chicago Tribune until critics of him there were fired.

Each of these charges are horrific on their own but together are mindboggling, especially from a man who was aware he was being investigated. I shouldn't say mindboggling really. I should say expected. For anyone paying attention the past few months the conclusion of the investigation has become increasingly evident to almost everyone but, apparently, the governor himself.

The open U.S. Senate seat of Barack Obama should not be sold to the highest bidder. How can this governor appoint anyone to this seat now with the allegations that have been made against him?

While the governor remains innocent until proven guilty it is in the best interest of the state that he be removed from office. He can defend himself as a private citizen. The state that he governs is in such disarray the distraction of having him defend himself while sitting as governor would delay any type of economic recovery in the state.

It is apparent that the governor is not going to resign which is why the legislature needs to move immediately.

There is no need to give this governor time to reflect on what is in the best interest of the state he serves with the hope that he will do the right thing.

It is as apparent now as it has been for months, if not years, that this governors chief concern, is himself. The allegations brought to light by the U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald have done nothing to to change that.

If we do not move now to impeach the governor then when?

Do we wait until the state is $5 billion behind in payments?

Do we wait until he names someone to fill the seat?

Do we wait until all of his critics have been silenced?

What are we waiting for?