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Illinois Congressional Delegation Sticks To Party Lines On Impeachment Vote

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House Democrats in large part supported two impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois was one of three lawmakers who missed the historic House votes  The Republican from the 15th congressional district is not seeking reelection and was on a long-planned trip to visit his son in Tanzania, where he’s serving in the Peace Corps.

Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis (R) says he fears the nearly party-line vote will set a new precedent for future political conflicts in Washington. The Republican from the 13th District, which includes Champaign-Urbana, condemns the impeachment vote as the first partisan one in U.S. history.

“And now we’ve entered into the true partisan political impeachment process,” said Davis. “And what will happen the next time we have a president that differs from a party in the House, you will see a partisan impeachment. And I certainly hope that we, as members of Congress, do everything we can to stop that.”

Davis says he voted against impeachment, because the process lacked a legitimate independent investigation and he did not see proof of a crime committed by the president.

Meanwhile, Davis’ Democratic challengers, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Stefanie Smith, both say they would have voted for impeachment.

Several Illinois Democrats spoke Wednesday on the floor of the House of Representatives, during the debate leading up to the vote to impeach President Trump. Democrat Robin Kelly represents the 2nd congressional district which stretches from Lake Michigan to Kankakee County. Kelly said she and her colleagues swore an oath to defend the constitution, and that impeachment was one means of doing so.

“A clear and present threat to American democracy is what brings us here,” said Kelly. “The architect: a president who asked that a foreign nation interfere in our election. This was our founding fathers’ greatest fear.”

Here’s how Illinois’ delegation voted:

District/Representative/Party/Vote

1st/Bobby Rush (D) voted yes on both articles

2nd/Robin Kelly (D) voted yes on both articles

3rd/Dan Lipinski (D) voted yes on both articles

4th/Jesus Garcia (D) voted yes on both articles

5th/Mike Quigley (D) voted yes on both articles

6th/Sean Casten (D) voted yes on both articles

7th/Danny K. Davis (D) voted yes on both articles

8th/Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) voted yes on both articles

9th/Jan Schakowsky (D) voted yes on both articles

10th/Brad Schneider (D) voted yes on both articles

11th/Bill Foster (D) voted yes on both articles

12th/Mike Bost (R) voted no on both articles

13th/Rodney Davis (R) voted no on both articles

14th/Lauren Underwood (D) voted yes on both articles

15th/John Shimkus (R) was not present for the votes

16th/Adam Kinzinger (R) voted no on both articles

17th/Cheri Bustos (D) voted yes on both articles

18th/Darin LaHood (R) voted no on both articles

 

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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