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Illinois: bill for special Senate election to be introduced

The Hill reports: The Illinois state House is set to reconvene Monday to consider a bill that would fill President-elect Obama’s old Senate seat by special election, according to a spokesman for Illinois state House Speaker Michael Madigan (D). ...

Top Illinois Democrats including Sen. Dick Durbin have advocated the special election since Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was arrested early Tuesday and accused of corruption. Blagojevich maintains the ability to appoint Obama’s successor, but is accused of trying to profit from his selection. -- Illinois House to consider special election

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune reports:

Illinois legislative leaders today prepared to strip Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his power to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat after he was charged with political corruption.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones said they want lawmakers back in Springfield early next week to consider legislation that would allow for a special election to choose a successor to President-elect Barack Obama.

State law gives the governor alone power to name the successor, but lawmakers announced their plans just hours after federal prosecutors accused Blagojevich of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat for his personal gain. -- Lawmakers call for election to replace Obama

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