Illinois Attorney General Threatens to Act Against Blagojevich

December 11, 2008

(AP) - There's been no word from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Thursday morning, but other Illinois officials are ratcheting up their demands for his resignation.

He was arrested Tuesday on charges that he put President-elect
Barack Obama's Senate seat up for sale.

State Attorney General Lisa Madigan is threatening to go to the
Illinois Supreme Court to have him removed. In an interview with
CNN, Madigan says Blagojevich has shown "no inclination" to quit,
but adds "Maybe things will change today or tomorrow." She says
she "won't wait terribly long," but wants a signal from lawmakers
on whether they will move quickly on impeachment proceedings.

Legislative leaders already have a special session planned for
Monday to strip the governor of his power to select Obama's
replacement.

Meanwhile, the White House says President Bush finds the alleged behavior of the embattled Illinois governor to be "astounding."

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Thursday that Bush
"believes that it's a very serious situation" and that "the charges are astounding."

Perino said she had not spoken to Bush about whether he thinks
Blagojevich should resign, as Obama and other prominent Democrats
have suggested.


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