Illinois House impeaches Gov. Rod Blagojevich

This comes as no surprise. From AP

The Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY’-uh-vich), an unprecedented step in state history.

The action sets the stage for a Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out of office for corruption and abuse of power.

House members found evidence that the two-term Democrat had abused his power, including improperly spending tax money, adopting programs without legislative approval and violating state hiring laws. He’s denied wrongdoing.

The House began impeachment proceedings after federal authorities arrested Blagojevich Dec. 9. He’s accused, among other things, of attempting to sell an appointment to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat for political favors.

Considering how many other Illinois Governors have gotten themselves in trouble, you would think politicians in that state would get the message. Apparently they are either too dumb or too arrogant to learn. Some where down the road I hope Rod Blagojevich gets a cell adjacent to former Governor George Ryan.

Update- James Joyner at OTB makes a good point-

This is the right outcome but the wrong process. While impeachment is not a criminal trial and the Illinois House can, in practice, impeach for whatever it wants, the intent was that it be reserved for criminal conduct. While I have little doubt that Blagojevich committed crimes, he was impeached for unpopular policies. That’s a decidedly bad precedent.

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