As the scandal surrounding Roland Burris’ appointment to the United States Senate deepens, Republicans in the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives are renewing their call to allow Illinois citizens to choose their Senator through a special election.

Senator Tim Bivins says Senate Bill 285 has been introduced to ensure all future United States Senate seat vacancies in Illinois would be filled by a special election, within 115 days of the seat being vacated. The bill would also enact a one-time only special election to coincide with the consolidated April 7, 2009, election and a special general election to be scheduled for May 26, 2009.

“We started the process of cleaning up state government by removing Rod Blagojevich as Governor,” Senator Bivins said. “We need to complete the process, and I believe this is another step in the right direction.”

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