Illinois House votes to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich
From the Chicago Tribune
Jan. 9, 2009
Posted by Ray Long and Rick Pearson a 10:25 a.m.; last updated at 10:40 a.m.
Article lead: SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich Friday, directing the Senate to put the stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
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 further comment.