Will Blagojevich Try Any Last-Minute Mischief?

With Gov. Rod Blagojevich entering what could be his final hours in office, some politicians are watching closely to see whether he attempts some last-minute mischief by spending state money, issuing executive orders or granting pardons.

Former Gov. Jim Edgar says he is no longer surprised by anything Blagojevich does.

The Illinois Senate could vote as early as tomorrow on whether to remove the governor by impeachment.

But until Blagojevich is removed, he retains all the powers of his office, and he has not been shy about wielding them, even after his Dec. 9 arrest on federal corruption charges.

Just weeks after the arrest, Blagojevich picked former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris for President Obama's former Senate seat, brazenly defying politicians in Illinois and Washington who warned that any such choice would be tainted. After much hand-wringing, the Senate decided to seat Burris.


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