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Attorney General Lisa Madigan calls for Blagojevich resignation


Contact: Robyn Ziegler
December 9, 2008 312-814-3118
Statement From Attorney General Madigan Calling for Resignation of Governor Blagojevich

Today, our worst fears have been realized. Once again, the people of Illinois have learned that a Governor has engaged in a shockingly flagrant scheme to sell his power and authority to the highest bidder.

The conduct is especially outrageous and truly demonstrates a new level of corruption given that Governor Blagojevich has been the subject of ongoing criminal investigations for years.

Yet, undaunted by these investigations, Governor Blagojevich decided to undertake schemes to sell the U.S. Senate seat, to sell his signature on legislation, and to interfere in financing deals - all in an effort to obtain personal and political benefits.

Public officials are elected to serve the people of this state and to uphold the trust of the people who have elected them.

It is absolutely clear that the Governor is incapable of governing.

At a time when our state faces tremendous challenges, Governor Blagojevich cannot faithfully exercise the powers of his office.

Governor Blagojevich should immediately resign and allow Lt. Governor Quinn to succeed him.

As the state's chief legal officer, I want to assure the People of Illinois that I am working quickly to move forward on the next legal steps should the Governor refuse to resign. I am already working with the legislative leaders to make sure that the work of this State continues without interruption.

I am thankful for the extraordinary work of the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI. And I echo their call for everyone with information about these allegations to come forward and offer their assistance to the U.S. Attorney's Office.



Fittingly someone already posted a prison cell workout this jerk should follow as hopefully he will be spending the rest of his life behind bars.'s-Prison-Cell-Workout

Now is the time that the honest people take back this state. If Blagojevich's will not get out of the way then someone needs to move him over. If Illinois politicians let this thing get into the courts for years it will be devastating to the state and across our country. People have lost all confidence in our "system" Lisa Madigan you go girl and don't let up!! We all have to stand together on this and I know there are a lot of people who want to see he gets what he has coming. If Mr. Jackson was involved in anyway he should not even be considered for this seat. I work at a courthouse in Illinois and everyone just wants to see the government act and act now. No red tape. No more elections!! How can our county afford another election for one person. Come on.......someone make a decision...please.
Thanks and go get him or them.

How can someone who is named in the allegations call for the resignation of the governor? Lisa Madigan was contacted about the seat and as Attorney General should have reported and called for his resignation then and not after FBI go public! Corruption in Illinios is much larger than One man and there is something very wrong going on! Where are the others invovled? I think the Governor is a scape goat and this goes much deeper!

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