Could Illinois impeach its second out of three governors?
An Illinois House committee heard from a surprise witness who barged into a hearing on a spending bill to say he'd been in talks with House members and the president of the Senate to initiate impeachment proceedings against Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Rob Sherman, a Buffalo Grove-based activist perhaps best known for the advocacy of his freedom to express his atheist views, says the impeachment could be used to force Rauner to sign the bill, which would spend $3.8 billion for lottery prizes as well as for such programs as breast cancer screenings.
The grounds? “The governor has made a number of appointments to boards and committees,” said Sherman, noting most of the appointees are male. “Illinois has a gender-balanced appointments act.”
Once Sherman was rolling on his impeachment case, committee members shouted him down, quickly passed the bill as Republicans walked out, and adjourned the hearing.
The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), noted Sherman was not invited and distanced himself.