Springfield, Ill. – Following Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Tuesday arrest on federal corruption charges, state lawmakers will return to Springfield next week to consider plans to remove the governor from office, as well as legislation that would strip Blagojevich’s power to fill Illinois’ vacant U.S. Senate seat.


Lawmakers at the state and federal level, Illinois’ constitutional officers, and President-elect Barack Obama have called for Gov. Blagojevich to step down. However, as of week’s end, the governor had not yet resigned, despite being arrested Tuesday for conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, as well as solicitation of bribery.


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