SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate has started debating whether to remove Gov.Rod Blagojevich from office.
Democratic Sen. William Haine of Alton begin deliberations bypointing out that Blagojevich presented no evidence to defendhimself on the abuse-of-power charges.
And Republican Dale Righter of Mattoon called the governor "adevious, cynical, crass and corrupt politician."
Each senator can speak for up to five minutes on whether or notto convict Blagojevich.
They'll vote later Thursday. It will take a two-thirds majority-- or 40 of 59 senators -- to convict.
Blagojevich addressed the Senate earlier in the day, saying he'sdone nothing wrong and shouldn't be removed because of criminalallegations that haven't been proven yet.
The impeachment prosecutor, however, says plenty of evidenceshows Blagojevich isn't fit to govern.
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