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Illinois voters want recall amendment

Illinois voters want recall amendment
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (L), with his wife Patti, talks to reporters after being found guilty on one count in his 24 count federal corruption indictment in Chicago on August 17, 2010. Blagojevich was found guilty of lying to federal agents, but the judge said he intended to declare a mistrial on the other 23 more serious counts. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo

CHICAGO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Illinois voters approved a state constitutional amendment allowing them to recall a governor and hold an election for a replacement, early results indicated.

The Chicago Tribune said Tuesday's ballot issue attracted 66 percent support with 53 percent of the unofficial statewide vote counted.

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To pass the measure, 60 percent of voters or a majority of the people casting ballots in the election overall have to support it.

The recall proposal comes in the wake of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment and removal from office after he was arrested in December 2008 on political corruption charges.

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