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State Lawmakers Strike Back at Governor

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is getting heat for changing a popular ethics bill.

Blagojevich, a Democrat, has been a lightning rod for criticism, especially from leaders in his own party. Yesterday was no different.

FRITCHEY: The governor is standing alone on this issue.

That’s state Representative John Fritchey speaking from the convention in Denver. He says Blagojevich should’ve signed the ethics bill both the House and Senate passed without making changes.

FRITCHEY: Historically he’s been much better at drafting press releases than legislation. So even if the ideas are good, we want to make sure that they are put forward in the right way.

Blagojevich says he strengthened the ethics legislation by limiting big-time state contractors from donating to campaigns, among other changes. Legislators have to approve Blagojevich’s changes.

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