Six days after Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest on federal corruption allegations, House Speaker Michael Madigan is creating a special House committee to investigate impeaching Blagojevich.

Six days after Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest on federal corruption allegations, House Speaker Michael Madigan is creating a special committee to investigate impeaching Blagojevich.


Madigan says the 21-member committee - with 12 Democratic and nine Republican lawmakers - will meet throughout the holidays, starting Tuesday, to recommend what the House should do on impeachment.


"We have given the governor six days to resign," Madigan said at a news conference at the Capitol this afternoon. "It is time that we move forward with impeachment."


House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie will lead the committee. Madigan says he expects the committee to meet every day through the end of 2008 except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day to come up with a recommendation.


The House has sole authority under the Illinois Constitution to pursue impeachment. If it votes to impeach the governor, the state Senate then would conduct a trial to determine whether he should be convicted.


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