CHICAGO - A special Illinois House committee will convene today to begin reviewing the possible impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who so far has refused to step down despite widespread calls from local, state, and national leaders following his arrest last week on federal corruption charges.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, yesterday announced the formation of the Special Investigative Committee to conduct an inquiry into whether the governor's alleged misconduct warrants impeachment, and to establish standards for the possible impeachment.

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