Illinois court rules for Blago

State Supreme Court dismisses without comment attempts to remove him as unfit.

By Thomas Schaller
December 18, 2008 1:23AM (UTC)
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Score one for Blago!

The Illinois Supreme Court has tossed out a case attempting to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich for being unfit to serve:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's fitness to hold office.

A spokesman said Wednesday that the court rejected the challenge without comment.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan had argued Blagojevich's legal and political troubles are keeping him from performing his duties. He has been charged with seeking kickbacks in choosing a successor for President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Madigan argued that the governor's problems amount to a disability, so Blagojevich should have his authority removed temporarily.

Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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