Illinois Supreme Ct. won't force governor out

December 17, 2008 2:58:34 PM PST
The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's fitness to hold office. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

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.

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