*** 3:28 PM *** Here we go, campers…
STATEMENT FROM HOUSE SPEAKER MICHAEL J. MADIGAN
CHICAGO — House Speaker Michael J. Madigan on Tuesday issued the following statement:
“Today’s events are shocking and disappointing. It represents a new low for conduct by public officials. I believe in the rights of individuals to due process, but I also believe action must be taken to avoid certain functions of state government from being irrevocably tarnished by Governor Blagojevich’s continued exercise of power.
I am prepared to convene the House next Monday to change state law to provide for a special election for the U.S. Senate replacement. I would urge U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to take note of this action.
On the question of impeachment, I am prepared to discuss the suggestions of the House Republican Leader.
We have many important issues to confront. Today’s events do nothing to help us attain solutions.”
* Here’s the relevant passage from House GOP Leader Cross’ letter to Blagojevich…
Should you decide to remain in office as the legal process determines your innocence or guilt, please be aware that I have requested that Speaker Madigan immediately create a bi-partisan committee for the purpose of investigating grounds for impeachment.
* From a letter to House members…
The House will convene session on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 3 p.m.
The House Elections Committee will meet Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, December 16, the House plans to convene at 9 a.m.
Session will take 2 days, as House Members should be able to depart on Tuesday, December 16, 2008.