Woo Hoo! Go Illinois!

Thanks to my partner Chris for mentioning this on his SMG blog. If you’re thinking “can they do that?” the answer is an unequivocal yes. It’s covered in the House Rules and Manual, the document which covers procedures used in the House of Representatives. You can read the whole thing here, but here’s an excerpt containing the relevant passage [emphasis mine]:

In the House of Representatives there are various methods of setting
an impeachment in motion: by charges made on the floor on the
responsibility of a Member or Delegate (II, 1303; III, 2342, 2400, 2469;
VI, 525, 526, 528, 535, 536); by charges preferred by a memorial, which
is usually referred to a committee for examination (III, 2364, 2491,
2494, 2496, 2499, 2515; VI, 543); or by a resolution dropped in the
hopper by a Member and referred to a committee (Apr. 15, 1970, p. 11941-
42; Oct. 23, 1973, p. 34873); by a message from the President (III,
2294, 2319; VI, 498); by charges transmitted from the legislature of a
State (III, 2469)...

(I’ll ‘fess up and admit that I didn’t know what the House Rules and Manual was until a few minutes ago; thanks again to Chris for mentioning the Jefferson Manual, which I googled to find the above info.)

By adam

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