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Just Cause : The Impeachment and Removal of Governor Rod Blagojevich (Hardcover) (Bernard H. Sieracki)

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During the predawn hours of December 9, 2008, an FBI team swarmed the home of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and took him away in handcuffs. The shocking arrest, based on allegations of corruption and extortion, launched a chain of political events never before seen in Illinois. In A Just Cause, Bernard H. Sieracki delivers a dynamic firsthand account of this eight-week political crisis, beginning with Blagojevich’s arrest, continuing through his impeachment and trial, and culminating in his conviction and removal from office. Drawing on his own eyewitness observations of the hearings and trial, the comments of interviewees, trial transcripts, and knowledge gained from decades of work with the Illinois legislature, Sieracki tells the compelling story of the first impeachment and removal from office of an Illinois governor, while providing a close look at the people involved.A Just Cause refers to Blagojevich as a master at political gamesmanship, a circus ringmaster driven by personal ambition and obsessed with private gain. Sieracki delves into the sordid history of the Blagojevich era, detailing a backdrop of partisan and personal hostilities that spanned years. He thoroughly covers the events leading to Blagojevich’s downfall and the reactions of Blagojevich’s cohorts. The author discusses the numerous allegations against Blagojevich, including attempts to “sell” appointments, jobs, and contracts in exchange for financial contributions. Sieracki then exhaustively recounts Blagojevich’s senate trial and the governor’s removal from office.This engrossing volume is both a richly detailed case study of the American checks-and-balances system and an eyewitness account of unprecedented events. It will appeal to anyone interested in the stunning, true tale of a state upholding the maxim “The welfare of the people is the supreme law.”
Number of Pages: 218
Genre: Political Science, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
Sub-Genre: Political Process / Leadership, Government / State + Provincial, Government / State + Provincial + Municipal
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
Author: Bernard H. Sieracki
Language: English
Street Date: December 14, 2015
TCIN: 50089796
UPC: 9780809334636
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-0087
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