Ill. Governor Handed Summons For Impeachment Trial

Lawyers for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have received a summons for his impeachment trial from the state Senate.

Blagojevich spokeswoman Kelley Quinn says the governor's legal team accepted the summons from the Illinois Senate's sergeant-at-arms Wednesday.

The senators were sworn in as jurors earlier by the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. They also heard the official impeachment charges from the House.

The Senate also approved rules for the trial, which is to begin Jan. 26. The rules govern issues such as issuing subpoenas. They also allow a majority of senators to override rulings by the judge.

The House impeached Blagojevich last week. Now the Senate will
decide whether to convict and oust him.


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