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.
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.
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."