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Special Session Now Takes Centerstage

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One of the major complaints from Governor Blagojevich's colleagues in Springfield was that he was seldom there, refused to sleep in the Governor's mansion, and painted himself as an outsider of sorts. And now, the same legislators who so often fought with the state's chief executive are planning a special session to pass a law giving Illinois voters the power to elect someone to the senate seat vacated by President Elect Barack Obama.

Sean Crawford covers state politics as the Illinois Public Radio Springfield bureau chief. He joins us from the Statehouse to talk about the special session. Sean, is joined by Professor Charlie Wheeler of the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Charlie Wheeler can talk about the state constitution and the choices lawmakers have as they move forward, as regards special election and impeachment. He can talk about the early days of Blagojevich's administration. He can talk about the people and the kinds of people Blagojevich surrounded himself early on and through the years. He can talk about his relationship with the legislature.

Sean Crawford is Illinois Public Radio's Springfield statehouse bureau chief. Charlie Wheeler is the director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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