Illinois House Revives Chance of Special Election

Bill returns to committee hearing scheduled for next week
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2008 4:03 PM CST
Illinois House Revives Chance of Special Election
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, left, says next week's committee hearing depends on a federal ruling about access to FBI wiretaps.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Add this to the confusion over a certain Senate seat in Illinois: Democrats may try to hold a special election to fill it after all. One day after Rod Blagojevich surprised all by naming his own appointment, the Illinois House speaker quietly revived the possibility of holding an election by scheduling a committee hearing for next week. If it goes through, it could nullify the governor's pick. (Read more Rod Blagojevich stories.)

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