Illinois Officials Weighing Options for Obama Seat

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials say they're trying to figure
out how to ensure that the process of choosing the person to fill
President-elect Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat is not
tainted by that state's political scandal.

Usually the governor makes the appointment, but Gov. Rod
Blagojevich has been accused of federal corruption, including
trying to sell off that position.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Sunday on NBC's
"Meet the Press" that she thought there should be a special
election for the Senate seat. She has asked the Illinois Supreme
Court to strip Blagojevich of his powers.

Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn said on "Meet the Press" that he
has seen legislation that would allow him to temporarily appoint
someone to the seat until a special election if Blagojevich stepped
down.


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