Gov. Rod Blagojevich faces almost certain impeachment by the Illinois House, a historic step that would trigger a trial to determine whether the Democratic governor should be tossed out of office.

Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris plans to have a high-stakes showdown on Capitol Hill this week with Democratic leaders who continue to say he won’t be seated in Congress.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorney is offering a glimpse of his client’s unfolding legal strategy, saying he’ll challenge the lawfulness of court-ordered wiretaps at the heart of federal corruption allegations against the Democrat. But the two-term governor may go public to defend himself first.

Illinois lawmakers were unanimous on how they should handle disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich — potential impeachment. And the embattled Democrat signaled he isn’t going down without a fight.

President-elect Barack Obama intends to name a big-city schools chief, Chicago’s Arne Duncan, to help fix the country’s ailing schools as education secretary, people familiar with the decision said.

CHICAGO — When President-elect Barack Obama heads home for a break from the White House, he won’t go to a sprawling ranch or private seaside compound. Obama will come back to a crowded city neighborhood, creating different security challenges for the Secret Service and perhaps headaches for his neighbors.

With Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich defying calls for his resignation, state officials pondered reducing his power or forcing him from office amid an intensifying criminal investigation that has made him arguably the most toxic politician in America.

President-elect Barack Obama is calling for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign.

From Daniel Engber at Slate.com: <em>On Tuesday, Gov. Rod Blagojevich of </em><em>Illinois</em><em> was <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/09/illinois.governor" target="_blank">taken into federal custody on corruption charges</a>, one of which entails attempting to sell President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder. In 2006, Daniel Engber explained why politicians in the </em><em>Land</em><em> of </em><em>Lincoln</em><em> are so corrupt. The article is after the jump. </em> <em></em>

Bank of America says it will extend credit to a Chicago window and door maker whose workers have occupied the factory for five days.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to get financial benefits through his authority to appoint a U.S. senator to fill the vacancy left by Barack Obama’s election as president.