Blagojevich: I’m Going to Fight News Wire reports

CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2009 — Embattle Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has again denied any wrongdoing and vowed to fight the corruption charges against him.

In Chicago Friday, Blagojevich told reporters he is confident he will be “properly exonerated” of the charges against him, which include that he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Lawmakers in the Illinois House voted in a near-unanimous vote today to impeach him. Blagojevich said he was not surprised at all by the 114-to-one vote, saying lawmakers have tried to remove him since he won re-election in 2006. He said he is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, and that he has faced major opposition from lawmakers for his efforts to improve health care and cut property taxes. 

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