impeachment

Dick Durbin speaks with reporters outside his house in Springfield
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As the U.S. Senate prepares for President Trump’s impeachment trial, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has a warning for his colleagues.

Dick Durbin speaks with reporters outside his house in Springfield
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Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says some of his colleagues have gone too far in public comments about President Trump's impeachment.

Rep. Lauren Underwood announcing her intention to vote to impeach President Trump in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House
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Freshman Illinois Congresswoman Lauren Underwood says she will vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

TV ads targeting Reps. Adam Kinzinger, left, and Lauren Underwood, right. Pictured are President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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As members of the U.S. House of Representatives prepare to vote on whether to impeach President Trump this week, Republican interest groups have been waging an ad war in selected districts across the country, including in Illinois.

Rodney Davis speaking at the Illinois State Fair in August 2019
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With the impeachment investigation moving into a more public phase this week, members of Congress are calibrating their responses.

Rodney Davis’ 13th District includes wide swaths of rural, central Illinois, where President Trump is popular. But is also includes college towns filled with Democratic voters, and Davis was re-elected by a slim margin last year.

It’s against that backdrop that Davis has traveled from being a Trump objector — to a Trump supporter.

Blagojevich mugshot with wiretap waveform
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News Analysis — This coming Sunday, December 9, marks the 10th anniversary of the day the FBI arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

The event led to his impeachment, criminal conviction and a 14-year prison sentence. There were also changes in state ethics laws.

But there are those who say the corruption was not the worst part of the Blagojevich administration — and I am among them. I'll make that argument in this week's Illinois Issues in-depth report.

Dick Durbin speaks with reporters outside his house in Springfield
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says talk of impeaching President Donald Trump is premature.

That's at odds with positions taken last week by at least three of the Democrats running for governor in Illinois.

(This interview first aired in January 2016)

Bernard Sieracki is no stranger to Illinois government.  He's lobbied for decades.  But what he witnessed 8 years ago this month stood out.