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December 17, 2008

Illinois court rejects move to oust Blagojevich

The quickest way to get ethically-embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) was rejected by the state's Supreme Court.

From my colleague Nia-Malika Henderson:

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an attempt to have Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit for office.

The court denied the petitions — two filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the other by Illinois citizens — without comment, a spokesman said.

The decision deals a serious blow to efforts to remove Blagojevich from office — and so far he’s shown no sign that he’ll go on his own. In fact, today he told reporters outside his house “I’m dying to talk” about the case and could do so as early as Thursday.

Arrested last week amid allegations that he tried to sell the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama, Blagojevich has gone to work each day since.

Madigan had argued that Blagojevich’s legal trials amounted to a kind of disability, and therefore he was unable to perform his duties.