CHICAGO - Facing a historic Senate impeachment trial, a defiant Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday vowed to remain in office as he blamed the House's near unanimous vote earlier in the day to impeach him on an ongoing legislative power struggle.

"I'm confident that at the end of the day, I will be properly exonerated. In the meantime, I have a job to do for the people," the Democratic governor said at a news conference called just hours after the House voted, 114-1, in favor of House Resolution 1671 that included the article of impeachment.

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