Despite Illinois' remarkable record of political corruption, today is the first time we've actually impeached the governor:
The vote by the House was 114-1.... Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) was the lone vote against impeachment.
A spokesman for the governor said he won't resign.
(I assume the spokesman meant the governor won't resign and the reporter was just being sloppy.)
The GOP once again fails to grasp the magnitude of impeachment as a last resort, and also the limitations of the legislature's power:
While the debate was free of partisanship, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna was quick to criticize Democrats following the impeachment vote.
"After six years of enabling and endorsing Rod Blagojevich, the Democrats who run this state waited until Illinois faced national embarrassment to act and are now voting to impeach a governor they worked to re-elect only two years ago," McKenna said in a statement. "To make matters worse, these same Democrats have fed this crisis by refusing to strip the governor of his appointment powers, and are helping to seat Blagojevich's hand-picked and tainted choice for United States Senator."
And for those keeping score at home, here is Illinois Constitution Article IV, Section 14 ("Impeachment"):
The House of Representatives has the sole power to conduct legislative investigations to determine the existence of cause for impeachment and, by the vote of a majority of the members elected, to impeach Executive and Judicial officers. Impeachments shall be tried by the Senate. When sitting for that purpose, Senators shall be upon oath, or affirmation, to do justice according to law. If the Governor is tried, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall preside. No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the Senators elected. Judgment shall not extend beyond removal from office and disqualification to hold any public office of this State. An impeached officer, whether convicted or acquitted, shall be liable to prosecution, trial, judgment and punishment according to law.
Interesting times, interesting times.