Following Governor Rod Blagojevich’s arrest December 9 on federal corruption charges, state lawmakers will return to Springfield December 15-16 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, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Lawmakers at the state and federal level, Illinois’ constitutional officers, and President-elect Barack Obama have called for Governor Blagojevich to step down. However, as of week’s end, the Governor had not yet resigned, despite being arrested December 9 for conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, as well as solicitation of bribery.

Senator Bivins explained that the Governor is not required to leave office, and can continue to govern until he is convicted of a felony, resigns or is impeached. Though the Illinois Constitution does allow for an acting Governor to be appointed, that appointment is made at the discretion of the sitting Governor – not the public or lawmakers.

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