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|Fitzgerald: Blago Investigation Continues
|The investigation into corruption within the Blagojevich administration is far from over. After making public a federal complaint alleging Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to shake down people for campaign donations and sell off the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says there is plenty more to do, including interviewing those who may have been approached by the governor or his staff.
"Some of these schemes went pretty far and some did not go far at all," Fitzgerald said. "We need to do the investigation, now that the investigation is overt, to find out from other people what happened. What they were told, how explicitly what they understood, and what happened."
Fitzgerald has asked anyone with any knowledge of corruption in state government to come forward.
Meanwhile, most lawmakers and officials across the state are urging the governor to step aside or resign. Despite his arrest Tuesday, Blagojevich retains his powers as governor. Blagojevich cold resign his post, leaving Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn in charge. He could also decide that he has been "seriously impeded in the exercise of his powers" and temporarily step aside. The Legislature could vote to impeach the governor. There is also a provision under Supreme Court Rule 382, which would allow the State Supreme Court to decide if one is fit to be governor. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she may pursue that option if the governor does not resign or is not impeached.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|12 10 08 by Newsroom
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