4:50 p.m. Senate now voting
The Illinois Senate is now voting on whether to remove impeached Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.
As each senator's name was called, they and spoke their vote, either "yes" or "no."
The question posed to them was: "Shall the Senate sustain the article of impeachment against Rod R. Blagojevich and remove him from the office of governor?"
The vote right now is 58-0 with one vote not yet counted due to some sort of technical issue. Senate President John Cullerton, who is to cast the final vote, could not get his vote recorded.
They're now going to redo the roll call by allowing senators to press a button.
They did, and it's 59-0 to remove Blagojevich from office.
4:53 p.m. Senate vote now official
The Illinois Senate has voted 59-0 to remove Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.
4:58 p.m. Senate votes to ban Blagojevich from ever holding office again
The state Senate voted 59-0 to ban former Gov. Rod Blagojevich from again holding elected office in Illinois.
The vote is the equivalent of the political death penalty.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Rod Blagojevich is now Agoneavich
The Illinois State Senate has voted to remove Rod Blagojevich from the Office of the Governor and has banned him from seeking public office.