Friday, January 9, 2009

House Impeachs Blagojevich

The House in Illinois has voted to impeach Governor Blagojevich. The vote, 114 yes to 1 no, marks the first time in the state's history that a Governor has been impeached. The only vote against was Representative Milt Patterson (Democrat). This was expected (Berman Post: Panel Recommends impeachment of Blagojevich), and comes as no surprise to anyone who has been following the situation.

For a refresher, you can visit the first post on the matter at Berman Post: Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich (Illinois) Tried to Sell Senate Seat.

"In a historic vote, the Illinois House has impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, directing the Senate to put the state’s 40th chief executive on trial with the goal of removing him from office.

The vote by the House was 114-1 and marks the first time in the state's 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite Illinois' longstanding reputation for political corruption.

Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) was the lone vote against impeaching the governor.

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