Approximately 3 minutes ago, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced that Illinois’ Democrat Governor, Rod R. Blagojevich, has been impeached by the House of Representatives. “On the question there are 114 people voting yes and 1 person voting no. The House does adopt House Resolution 1671. Governor Rod Blagojevich is hereby impeached.”
After January 14th, the House will have to re-affirm the vote because a new General Assembly will be seated prior to the Senate conducting the trial. Had the impeachment vote taken place long before a new General Assembly was scheduled to begin, there would be no need for a re-affirmation of the vote.
Illinoisans are not out of the woods yet. The Senate must still conduct a trial, at which two-thirds of the Senators must vote “Guilty” in order to convict the Democrat in order to remove him from office. That means, Blago will only have to convince 20 Senators of the 59 in the Senate, to vote “not-guilty” in order to escape removal from office.
The Illinois Senate is tentatively scheduled to begin the trial sometime during the last week of January and since the Governor is on trial, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald will preside over the Senate.
This should be an interesting one, folks. I don’t see how he can convince even 10 Senators to vote “Not Guilty” as Blago’s populatity in Illinois is lower than that of the Congress.
Blagojevich becomes the first Governor in the state’s 190 year history to be impeached.