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State Legislature Plans to Strip Blagojevich's Appointment Power

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The Illinois legislature is moving to strip Governor Rod Blagojevich of his power to appoint a U.S. Senator. That’s after federal prosecutors Tuesday filed corruption charges against the governor.

Blagojevich is still the governor of Illinois. And that means he has the power to appoint someone to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn says the legislature has to change that.

QUINN: I don’t believe he should, in any way, shape or form, exercise the appointment power of a U.S. Senator.

The legislature is expected to try and address the issue starting Monday. Leaders of both houses have called lawmakers to Springfield to pass legislation that would create a special election for the open U.S. Senate seat. If passed, Blagojevich still could veto the measure. But the General Assembly could override that with a 3/5 majority in both houses.

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