Rod Blagojevich impeached, 114-1
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been impeached by the State House of Representatives by a vote of 114-1. The 118-member body currently has 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans; they acted only hours after a 21-member panel voted unanimously to recommend impeachment.
The lone dissenting vote came from Chicago Democrat Milton Patterson. He represents a largely African American district; Gov. Blagojevich still maintains a fair amount of support among the African American community. Representative Elga L. Jefferies voted present. Two members of the House did not vote.
One Representative, Chicago Democrat Jack Frank, said “It’s our duty to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that’s become Illinois government.” Indeed.
Governor Blagojevich will now be tried by the 59-member Illinois Senate; conviction requires a 2/3 supermajority, or 40 votes. Hopefully they convict him by 12 February, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.