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Chicago Democrat is lone vote against Blagojevich impeachment

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois House needed 60 votes to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but got much more. Nobody spoke up to defend the governor during 90 minutes of debate before the 114-to-1 vote this morning.

So who was that lone vote against impeachment? It was Chicago Democrat Milton Patterson.

He says he read the impeachment committee's report but wasn't comfortable voting against the governor because he has "no first-hand knowledge of any of the evidence."

Patterson says he went by his own "gut feeling." He says he isn't defending Blagojevich. But he says it's up to prosecutors -- not him -- to indict the governor.

State Rep. Elga Jefferies -- another Chicago Democrat -- voted "present."

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