1-30-2009

 




GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH OUT OF OFFICE

 

After four days of hearings and testimony, the votes are in and the impeachment trial has come to an end.  With a vote of 59 to zero, the Illinois Senate voted to sustain the article to impeach Governor Blagojevich and remove him from office.  This was followed by a second vote to ban him from holding a future office in the State of Illinois. The second vote was also 59 to zero.  This was the first ever impeachment trial of an Illinois Governor.

 

Impeachment means the public official is charged with offenses that could lead to removal from office, but the actual removal only occurs if the Senate, by a two thirds majority vote, finds the governor guilty.

 

The formal vote took place yesterday, after allowing Blagojevich to make closing arguments on his own behalf, during which he stated repeatedly that he had done nothing wrong.

 

During the trial, the Senate heard testimony from FBI Agent Daniel Cain, regarding the criminal complaint against Blagojevich. Senate members also listened to tape recordings of the Governor discussing alleged pay to play schemes involving a piece of legislature impacting the horse racing industry.

 

Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn will immediately take over as Governor of Illinois.

 

Audio files from the impeachment trial can be accessed at the link below.

 

http://www.impeachment.senategop.net/audioarchive.html


AUMANN AUCTIONS MAKE GREAT SALE

 

Aumann Auctions had a successful sale last week when they auctioned off nearly 4,000 acres of farmland north of Litchfield for Kilton Farms Inc. Nearly 800 people gathered to be part of the auction.  Bidders traveled from as far as Kansas City, Missouri to take part. We talked to Matt Corso with Aumann Auctions for more on the sale. He said it’s a rarity to sell that much land in one day and to have so much of the land, around 1600 acres, to be contiguous. The sale brought in over 24 million dollars with a local group of farmers and investors purchasing the majority of the land for $15.2 Million.

 

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CITY OF HIGHLAND CLOSER TO 'CONNECTED'

 

The city of Highland held a special meeting this week. The "fiber to the home" initiative was the topic of conversation. On the agenda was the consideration of two questions regarding a referendum to provide cable television, phone service and broadband service to the city of Highland. The council, including the Mayer, voted 5 to 0 to take it to the referendum which will be April 7th.  Highland City Manager Mark Latham said, "Having connectivity to the outside world is a huge benefit for industries and businesses locally."

 

FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS COULD BE CARBON MONOXIDE

 

Illinois State Fire Marshal David Foreman encourages homeowners to purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors.  Check the batteries often and know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Foreman said that generally if you’re exposed to carbon monoxide and then get away from it, most will recover once they get oxygen.  If you’re exposed to it for a long time, some may experience flu like symptoms or even death. Carbon Monoxide is called the "silent killer" because it is a colorless, tasteless, invisible gas that creeps up on you. Installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home is an Illinois state law in affect since 2007.

 

 

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OBITUARIES

NONE TO REPORT


WEATHER

SATURDAY - Sunny, high 39, low 29

SUNDAY - Sunny, high 41, low 23


PUBLIC AFFAIRS

 

Join us this Sunday for Public Affairs. Anna Oestreich from the Bond County Senior Center will offer information about the circuit breaker for seniors and everything you need to know before you file your taxes. That's Public Affairs, this Sunday following your Bond County News on WGEL.


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