- The governor plotted to obtain a personal benefit in exchange for a U.S. Senate appointment.
- The governor plotted to condition state financial support to the Tribune Company on the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial staff.
- The governor plotted to trade official state acts for campaign contributions, including: the awarding of a state tollway contract; the release of medical reimbursements to Illinois doctors and hospitals; the appointment to a post at the Illinois Finance Authority; the awarding of state contracts; and the awarding of state permits and authorizations.
- The governor exceeded his constitutional authority by unilaterally expanding a state health insurance program.
- Buying $2.6 million worth of flu vaccines the state never used.
- Starting a program to import prescription drugs in violation of federal law.
- Violating state and federal laws in the hiring and firing of state employees.
The governor will now be tried by the Illinois Senate where 40 (2/3) members must find him guilty to remove him from office. The Senate trial is expected to be concluded by the first or second week of February. A new legislature will be seated, however, before the Senate trial takes place.