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.