Impeachment Looms For Blagojevich

Illinois Speaker puts wheels in motion for embattled Governor

Rod Blagojevich

(CBS/AP) The speaker of the Illinois House is taking the first step toward possibly impeaching embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Speaker Michael Madigan announced Monday that he will appoint a special committee to review the case and recommend whether Blagojevich should be impeached. Once the committee makes a recommendation, the full House will decide whether to file impeachment charges against the governor.

"We're going to proceed with all due speed, but we're going to make sure that what we do is done correctly," the Chicago Democrat said.

Republicans and Democrats alike have called for Illinois lawmakers to begin impeachment proceedings against Blagojevich, saying the step is necessary to restore public confidence in state government.

"This isn't about the legal process, this is about the governor being unable to govern right now," Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky said on CBS' The Early Show.

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