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|Madigan Asks IL Supreme Court to Declare Blago Unfit
|UPDATED: 3:20pm 12/12/08 Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Friday filed an action asking the state Supreme Court to declare Gov. Rod Blagojevich unable to serve as governor and to have him temporarily removed from office. The action is pursuant to Article 5, Section 6(d) of the state Constitution.
Madigan has also filed a request for a temporary restraining order that would block Blagojevich from appointing anyone to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama. It would also block Blagojevich from having a hand in state financial matters as well as legislation. If approved, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn would take over gubernatorial duties.
State lawmakers are expected to decide Monday how to handle filling the Senate seat.
Madigan is urging the governor to resign to avoid Supreme Court action and has urged state leaders to move forward with impeachment proceedings. She says the action she took today, if approved, would not eliminate the need for impeachment and trial. She says "it simply is to ensure that gubernatorial authority is exercised properly, faithfully and effectively during impeachment and trial proceedings."
She says both legal proceedings and impeachment procedures are necessary.
Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday and is accused of trying to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat. He's also accused of shaking down people for campaign contributions in a "pay-to-play" scheme. He remains an active governor until removed from office or convicted.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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