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Illinois Supreme Court Asked To Make Blagojevich “Unfit”; Gov Had Plan To Appoint Close Obama Aide

December 12, 2008

Barack Obama insists he didn’t have any contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich or anyone else who might have been scheming to sell the president-elect’s U.S. Senate seat. But he has not yet given his transition staff the same clean bill of health – perhaps with good reason.

An examination of the FBI complaint against Blagojevich and the days immediately following Obama’s historic election victory suggests the governor was highly interested in Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett as a potential Senate appointee, albeit with a steep price tag.

Associated Press

The 76-page complaint contains multiple references to “Senate Candidate 1,” whose description clearly fits Jarrett, a former finance chief for Obama’s earlier campaigns and incoming senior White House adviser.

In secretly recorded conversations, the Democratic governor said he’d be willing to appoint Jarrett – Obama’s supposed favorite to replace him – in return for a high-paying job at a national union organization called Change to Win.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion with the state Supreme Court about Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s “inability” to do his job, Madigan spokeswoman Robin Ziegler said Friday.

Madigan will hold a news conference Friday about the matter, her office said.

Madigan said Thursday that stepping down is the “right thing” for Blagojevich to do.

She added, “If he fails to, the two other options are obviously the Legislature moving forward on impeachment, or I have the opportunity to actually go to our Illinois Supreme Court and ask them to declare basically that our governor is unable to serve,” she said.

In that case, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn would become acting governor, she said.

Madigan had said she wouldn’t wait “terribly long” to take action.

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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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