Here’s a quick summary of the allegations:
- He attempted to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for campaign contributions or personal gain.
- He pressured the Tribune Company to fire members of the paper’s editorial staff that had been critical of the governor by threatening to withhold state funding.
- He tried to get campaign contributions for signing a bill into law that would give a percentage of casino profits to the horseracing industry.
- He [CORRECTION] schemed to get $500,000 campaign contribution from a state highway contractor in relation to an upcoming Illinois Tollway expansion.
- He withheld $8 million from Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago in an attempt to extort campaign contributions from a hospital executive.
- He appointed Ali Ata as the executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority in return for a $25,000 campaign contribution. Ata has pleaded guilty to criminal charges.
- He awarded multiple government contracts in exchange for campaign contributions.
- He traded state permits and authorizations for campaign contributions.
- He mishandled “efficiency initiatives” that consolidated functions of state agencies and advised them to violate the state Constitution and spending laws in order to comply with the initiatives.
- He expanded the state-sponsored Family Care health insurance program without legislative approval or funding.
- He ordered doses of European flu vaccine that the state didn’t need without federal approval. The doses were never used before they expired.
- He illegally imported prescription drugs from foreign countries through the I-SaveRx program.
- He violated state and federal law when hiring and firing some state employees.
We'll have much more soon. The governor's scheduled to speak in Chicago at 2 p.m., and the special Illinois Senate committee drafting rules for an impeachment trial could release a draft of rules this afternoon.