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Elected Officials Call for Blagojevich's Resignation

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Elected Officials Call for Blagojevich's Resignation

Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn (WBEZ/Mike Rhee)

Several of Illinois’ elected officials are calling for Governor Rod Blagojevich to resign.

Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn’s biggest responsibility is to take over for the governor if he’s unable to serve. Quinn says that day has come.

QUINN: Clearly the people of Illinois have to have a government that’s working for them every day, particularly in these perilous times. I think the governor knows what he should do, and that is to either resign or step aside.

In a statement, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan also says the governor should resign. Madigan writes Blagojevich is, quote, “incapable of governing.”

Meantime, legislators are moving to block the governor’s ability to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant US Senate seat. Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Tuesday announced he’s reconvening the body to pass legislation that would create a special election for the open seat.

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