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December 12, 2008

Illinois AG: court should remove Blago from office

From the Chicago Tribune:

Atty. General Lisa Madigan called on the Illinois Supreme Court today to temporarily remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office and appoint Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn as acting governor.

One of her goals is to prevent Blagojevich from using his power to appoint a U.S. senator to replace President-elect Barack Obama, who abandoned the seat as he prepares to enter the White House.

Blagojevich has been charged in federal court with trying to sell the seat to the bidder that would help him out politically and financially.

A spokesman for the state Supreme Court confirmed Madigan filed the motion this morning.

In the motion, Madigan argues that, given the nature and severity of the federal corruption allegations against Blagojevich, the Supreme Court should stop the governor from performing his duties. She asks the court to allow Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn to temporarily assume those duties under the Governor Succession Act in state law.

If the court doesn't hand over the governor's duties to Quinn, Madigan argued, Blagojevich should be blocked from appointing a senator to fill the Obama seat. She also sought to prevent Blagojevich from acting on legislation sent to him by the Illinois House or Senate, directing state agencies in the negotiation and execution of contracts or directing activities of the Illinois tollway.