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IL Dems Shoot Down Special Election

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Illinois Democrats shot down an attempt to hold a special election to fill the state’s empty U.S. Senate seat.

Republicans tried to bring the special election proposal to the House floor today, but Democrats blocked the effort.

Many House Democrats originally supported a special election after Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat last month. But since then, they have argued it would be too expensive. Republican Bill Black of Danville says the Democrats’ cost estimates are exaggerated:

BLACK: The estimates of 50 million dollars for this election, that is about as much baloney as will be sliced in the next month by Oscar Mayer. There is a way to do this for a total cost of about less than six million dollars.

Republicans say a special election is the only proper way to fill Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.

Blagojevich has appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to fill the Senate seat. And it appears a deal is in the works for Senate leaders to swear him in later this week.

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