Ill. Lawmakers Working for Special Election in Wake of Governor's Arrest

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ From Washington to Springfield, Illinois, the
call is being issued for a special election to fill President-elect
Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

This after Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was charged with seeking favors to influence his choice for Obama's replacement.

Now state legislative leaders want to take the power to choose away from the governor. Illinois Senate President Emil Jones says he'll call his members into session to act on a bill to establish a special election to fill the vacancy. And House Speaker Michael Madigan plans to convene his chamber on Monday.

Earlier, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin called for a veto-proof margin to withstand any attempt by Blagojevich to prevent a special election.

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