It was a historic day in Washington, D.C., and Springfield.
President Donald Trump was impeached for an inglorious second time, charged with “incitement of rebellion.” And in Illinois, Rep. Michael Madigan handed the speaker’s gavel over to new management.
Our politics staff of Amanda Vinicky, Paris Schutz and Heather Cherone takes a more in-depth take a look at each tales on this week’s version of “Spotlight Politics.”
The second impeachment got here swiftly — and with the assistance of 10 Republicans.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, imploring lawmakers to uphold their oath to defend the Structure from all enemies, international “and home.”
She mentioned of Trump: “He should go, he’s a transparent and current hazard to the nation that all of us love.”
The president, who was completely suspended from Twitter within the wake of the lethal rebellion on the Capitol, took to the official White House Twitter account to post a video — however declined to say impeachment.
“I wish to be very clear. I unequivocally condemn the violence that we noticed final week. Violence and vandalism have completely no place in our nation — and no place in our motion,” he mentioned within the video.
President-elect Joe Biden says his inauguration subsequent week will likely be held outdoors, as deliberate.
“I’m not afraid of taking the oath outdoors, and we’ve been getting briefed, I feel it’s critically vital that there be an actual, critical deal with holding these of us who engaged in sedition and threatened individuals’s lives, defaced public property, brought about nice harm, that they be held accountable.”
He held the title of Home speaker for all however two years since 1983.
However on the fiftieth anniversary of his turning into a state consultant, Madigan misplaced the gavel to Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch – making the consultant from suburban Hillside the primary Black Home speaker in state historical past.