From the Chicago Sun-Times — Originally published Tuesday, Dec. 16

[On Tuesday] morning, the impeachment process against Gov. Blagojevich begins, and not a moment too soon.

… [F]or the sake of the long-term political health of Illinois, it's critical that the Legislature conduct a fair and deliberate impeachment process, one that the public can respect, one that rises above the swamp of conflicts of interest that surrounds it. …

Along the way, the committee … will have to take care it does not run afoul of the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Blagojevich administration.

While we favor Blagojevich's impeachment, the process would become a travesty if it impaired the federal investigation — and raise ugly questions about the motivations of the political leaders leading the charge. At every turn, state officials need to consult with the U.S. attorney's office to ensure they're not working at cross-purposes. …

If Gov. Blagojevich is to be impeached, the process must be one of unassailable integrity.