Illinois' ex-governor asserts his innocence, saying he'll 'fight in the courts' to clear his name.
Calls grow for him to resign as a perjury probe proceeds.
Blagojevich's replacement, known as populist with an unassuming manner, has inherited a state government in crisis.
As Illinois state senators decided his political fate, Blagojevich played the national media
The Illinois governor's impeachment trial may open Monday without the defendant or his lawyers.
His pick, former Illinois attorney general Burris, is well-regarded but lost his last four campaigns.
Weak laws and entrenched culture lets officials put personal gain ahead of public service.