The vote *** SENATE VOTES TO REMOVE GOVERNOR FROM OFFICE 59-0 *** DISQUALIFIED FROM HOLDING FUTURE PUBLIC OFFICE 59-0 ***
Thursday, Jan 29, 2009
* 4:36 pm - There will be two votes. The first will be to remove the governor from office. The second will be to ban the governor from holding any public office for the rest of his life.
Each Senator will be called upon individually to answer Yes or No, with a Yes vote for removal.
* 4:41 PM - The 40th vote has been reached. A two-thirds majority means that the governor has been removed from office.
There is a technical difficulty because the Senate President’s button isn’t working. He’s going to the front of the chamber to vote his switch there.
Still a problem. Stand by. They might have to revote. We’ll know in a minute.
The rules say that Senators have to vote orally and electronically. Since the button didn’t work, Cullerton hasn’t officially voted. The Chief Justice is about to make a ruling here. They’re going to redo the roll call. Same result. 59-0.
* Sen. Michael Frerichs (D), a Tier One target in the 2010 elections, moved to disqualify the governor from holding any future public office.
* Chief Justice Fitzgerald thanked the Senate and the staff and said he had learned a lot about the legislative process “which will be a help to me in my day job.”
The Senate has passed a resolution praising the Chief Justice and presented him with a framed copy signed by every member of the Senate. Nice touch.
* 5:08 pm - Impeachment tribunal has been adjourned sine die.