In a dramatic display of anger and solidarity over a political scandal that has made Illinois a national laughingstock, lawmakers on Friday voted 114-1 to impeach disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
It's the first time in the state's history that the Illinois House has voted to impeach its governor. The impeachment proceedings will now move to the Illinois Senate for trial. That trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 26.
Blagojevich was out jogging in Chicago while lawmakers in Springfield voted to impeach him. Upon returning from his run, he compared his situation to the loneliness of long-distance running.
Later Friday, Blagojevich blamed the House for stonewalling his agenda to "fight" for the people. He said his work to help the people of Illinois is "not an impeachable offense.''
The governor reiterated he is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing and, gesturing toward a group of Illinoisans who had suffered health problems gathered next to him said, "They hired me to fight for them and I'm going to fight for them every step of the way."
Tsk, tsk, tsk.