The Illinois Senate named House Democratic lawyer David Ellis as the lead prosecutor in its upcoming impeachment trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Ellis, an aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, led the House impeachment committee’s legal effort that led to the committee’s endorsement of impeachment. The House earlier this month voted 114 to 1 to impeach the governor, and the new House that was sworn in last week again voted in favor of impeachment.

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