Illinois House Impeaches Governor
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: January 9, 2009
Filed at 11:46 a.m. ET
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly Friday to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, an unprecedented action that sets up a Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out for allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
Impeachment required just 60 votes. The final result was 114-1.
Legislators accused the second-term Democratic governor of letting down the people of Illinois by letting ego and ambition drive his decisions.
''It's our duty to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that's become Illinois government,'' said Rep. Jack D. Franks, a Democrat.