After a unanimous vote by a special impeachment panel yesterday, the full Illinois state House of Representative voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D). The impeachment trial will be held by the state Senate.
As MSNBC pointed out, “You don’t have to be guilty of committing a crime to be impeached. You just have to be accused of abusing your power or unable or unfit to serve.”
The Chicago Tribune political blog notes that Blagojevich was jogging at the time of the impeachment vote: “A Tribune photographer took pictures of Blagojevich going jogging in his Ravenswood Manor neighborhood at about 10 a.m.”
,Rep. Milt Patterson (D) cast the sole dissenting vote, saying that he didn’t feel comfortable with impeachment because he had “no first-hand knowledge of any of the evidence.”