Illinois Governor Crisis
Gov. of Ill. Rod Blagojevich has been troublesome for his state. The Associated Press and WCCO.com have reported on different aspects of his resign. Illinois has billions of dollars in unpaid bills, including payments to Medicaid patients, hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes, and schools. Blagojevich's inability to pay these bills has had an extreme ripple effect on the state such as pharmacies having to close down, suppliers could stop delivering food to prisons and letting state troopers buy gasoline. Business could lay off workers or go bankrupt as another result of the Governor's inability to be financially responsible. The Associated Press said the attorney general asked the state's highest court to strip the governor of his powers and lawmakers are closer to impeaching him due to his scandals. The attorney general asked that he be declared unfit to serve and linked his scandal to illness and pressured him to resign. Impeachment could take weeks so resigning is a faster process.
WCCO.com told more about his courthouse appearance. He refused to talk to reporters and only responded with, "I'll have a lot to say at the appropriate time." Blagojevich has been accused of putting President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat up for sale, strong-arming the owners of the Chicago Cubs and threatening to withhold millions of dollars from a children hospital. This type of action is the first of its kind in state history. The motion says, "His ability to provide effective leadership has been eliminated, and the state government is paralyzed." The state has approved $1.4 billion in short-term loans to help pay off bills and keep cash flowing. The attorney general does not want to move forward in this loan until Blagojevich no longer has power.