Recall plan advances in Illinois

April 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 9 (UPI) -- The Illinois House of Representatives has approved a measure that would allow the recall of governors.

The 75-33 vote reflected Democratic disenchantment with Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Chicago Tribune reported. Many members of the majority party voted with Republicans in favor of the proposal Tuesday.

Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, voted against the recall plan, although he had harsh words for Blagojevich, accusing him of wanting to be a dictator.

"I think it is a constitutional question. I don't think it is a question of the personality of the person that occupies the governor's office today. It is a constitutional issue. That is why I voted no," Madigan said.

The proposal now goes to the state Senate, where it is not certain of passage. If it does get through the Senate, it would be on the ballot in November.

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