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Illinois AG: If Blagojevich Doesn’t Resign, State May Declare Him Unfit

December 11, 2008

Illinois’ attorney general is threatening to go to the state Supreme Court to have Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn’t resign soon.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan told CNN on Thursday that she is prepared to take action. She says the best thing is for the governor to resign.

Blagojevich (bluh-GOY’-uh-vich) was arrested Tuesday on charges that he put President-elect Barack Obama‘s Senate seat up for sale. He reported to his work on Wednesday, ignoring calls for his resignation.

Madigan says she “won’t wait terribly long.”

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn says that if he’s made governor, he may opt to appoint President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate replacement rather than wait for a special election.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday, Quinn said he’s generally in favor of letting voters choose public officials. But he says that the economic crisis makes it vital for the state to have two senators in place.

Quinn says if embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY’-uh-vich) doesn’t resign it won’t be long before he’s either impeached or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asks the state Supreme Court to declare him unable to serve.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, center, leaves his home through ... 
Still lurking.  Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, center, leaves his home through a back alley Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, a day after he was arrested on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

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