Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois was impeached by the Illinois House for abuses of power, accused of trying to autioning off Barack Obama’s Senate seat. The vote was 114 yes, 1 no, 1 not present.
Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) was the lone vote against impeaching the governor. Patterson, from Chicago’s Southwest Side, said after the roll call that he didn’t feel it was his job to vote to impeach the governor. He declined comment on whether he approved of the job Blagojevich is doing.
Impeachment, by the way, does not mean guilt. Impeachment is an accusation of wrongdoing. To be considered guilty, Blagojevich will need to be convicted by the Illinois Senate, which will need 40 votes to do so and remove him from office.Click here for reuse options!
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