Monday, December 15, 2008

Illinois Lt. Governor Considers Appointing Temporary Senator

Chicago, IL (AHN) - Illinois Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn said Sunday he is considering appointing a temporary senator to replace President-elect Barack Obama on his senate seat until the special election is held to pick a permanent replacement.

Quinn was criticized last week for challenging the state legislature to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich for allegedly selling Obama's vacant senate seat to the highest bidder.

On Sunday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan clarified that the call she made to the state Supreme Court to remove the embattled governor from office was not politically motivated.

"As the attorney general I'm the lawyer for the people of the state of Illinois. I will continue to do what is best for the people of the state... And really after Tuesday morning, my continuing concern about the people is what ha taken precedent. My political concerns will follow," Madigan told the Chicago Tribune.

Meanwhile, Blagojevich met Saturday with his potential defense lawyer, Ed Genson, for four hours. The meeting was held at Genson's law office at Monadnock Building. The governor has not yet disclosed his next move following widespread calls for him to step down from office because of the pay-for-play scandal.

Blagojevich managed to dodge media who were staked out in front of the building by having the black SUV he normally rides to move to the west side of the building which attracted reporters. The ploy allowed the governor time to slip through a gift shop on the east side of the building and immediately get inside a waiting vehicle.


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