Illinois must elect its U.S. senator

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Democrats love to talk about how wonderful elections are -- and how they stand up for the disenfranchised voter.

But they're apparently having second thoughts about the efficacy of holding a special election to fill the Illinois' U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the election of Barack Obama to the presidency.

After U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald charged Gov. Rod Blagojevich with seeking to sell the seat to the highest bidder, it became clear the governor could not be allowed to make the Senate appointment.

At first Democrats and Republicans rallied behind Illinois' other Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's suggestion that a special election be held to fill the seat. Certainly that was fair and reasonable, but then Chicago Mayor Dick Daley and other top Democrats began to have second thoughts.

Blagojevich's stubbornnes in holding onto office, not to mention his other suspect corruptions, is beginning to take a toll on the Democratic Party's brand, especially in the Land of Lincoln.

In other words, the longer the Blagojevich unpleasantness drags on -- and it now looks like it might drag on forever -- the more vulnerable Democrats become to losing the seat to a Republican.

That, of course, would be intolerable. Democrats feel they can't risk losing another Senate seat. They only have a 16-seat majority now, with the possibility they may win one more in Minnesota. Consequently the new plan is to have Democratic Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn make the appointment -- except nothing can be found in the state's constitution which would allow that.

Besides, why trust Quinn to make an honest pick? He's a product of the same slimy machine politics that produced Blagojevich and other Illinois politicos, including a couple of Blago's gubernatorial predecessors, who have been sent to jail.

If Illinois pols can't get their act together to do what's obviously the right thing -- which is to hold an election to fill the seat -- then the state should go without representation in the Senate until 2010 when elections are scheduled to be held.

In wake of the Blagojevich and other recent Land of Lincoln scandals, it would be a travesty to let anyone make an appointment to the seat -- or for anyone to accept it.

The situation cries out for an election.

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Motorman5039
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Motorman5039 12/26/08 - 07:08 am
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Travesty??? I can think of a

Travesty??? I can think of a million things in this world that are happening right now that would qualify as a travesty, and someone being appointed to the vacant Illinois senate seat isn't one of them..

UncleBill
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UncleBill 12/26/08 - 08:10 am
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It IS an unfortunate

It IS an unfortunate situation, however I believe that the method of replacing a senator is set by state law. Thus deciding to elect a replacement rather than appoint one would require a change in the state law, an act of the state legislature. Oh by the way, it would eventually require the governor's signature.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/26/08 - 08:30 am
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The Chicago version of the

The Chicago version of the Dem party has ruled Illinois since the '30s. Don't look for it to change because a little light is being shined on it. All that will happen is some of the roaches will scurry around a little. By the way, this is the same machine that produced our president. It has become very efficient at winning political races.

christian134
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christian134 12/26/08 - 08:41 am
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The song "Money Money"

The song "Money Money" happens to be the theme song of the Democratic Party...So slow down, take you hats and scarves off, put your hands out palms up...Wait for those government cards and bailouts, close those sweaty palms tight and spend spend spend...Corruption Oh Yeah...:-)Oh to be fair the Republicans are not so great but not so bad either...

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 12/26/08 - 09:12 am
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Must be what the people of

Must be what the people of the great state of Illinois like. They keep voting for these folks. Have since the 30's. Kinda like the girl whose boyfriend keeps cheating on her but she won't leave him. She loves him!

HotFoot
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HotFoot 12/26/08 - 09:30 am
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PT, Obama didn't win because

PT, Obama didn't win because of the Chicago machine. He was not in that group, though he had to coexist with them. I'm from Illinois (downstate, not Chicago, though I've lived there as an adult). Let me remind you all, the last Illinois governor was a Republican and he is in jail. Illinois has had many Republican legislators who have been not just charged but convicted for their corruption. I personally don't know how a greedy moron like Blago won the Dem nomination...I guess it was because ANY Democrat seemed better than George Ryan, the aforementioned Repub who was sentenced to prison.

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disssman 12/26/08 - 09:46 am
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14putt. It is also like

14putt. It is also like working folks voting for CONservativeS. It just don't make sense does it? Or better yet how about a guy named Zell running for one party and switching after elections, but never stepping down!

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/26/08 - 10:59 am
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So I gather all the

So I gather all the politicians from Chicago are corrupt independent of party, and they get elected. The midwest must be filled with corrupt unethical voters. Isn't it funny how logic can work against you at times. Remember FDR rose from the corruption of Tammany hall in NY and although without doubt he made things worst people still worship him. I see an analogy developin with Obama. You would think Obama wouldn't replicate FDR strategies-AND it makes you wonder if he thinks another global war would help the U.S. economy as did WWII and the depression.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/26/08 - 01:07 pm
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How unseemly, Patricia!
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How unseemly, Patricia! Right here on Dec. 10th, you roundly criticized my using Illinois Corruption as an example of a point I was making about local matters, by smugly posting, "What does Illinois have to do with this area?" Now, it appears you are an overnight expert on the subject?! One might conclude either that you are two weeks slow on the uptake, or that you just prefer the construction of a cheap shot.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/26/08 - 01:14 pm
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And, HUH?, PT: "The Chicago
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And, HUH?, PT: "The Chicago version of the Dem party has ruled Illinois since the '30s." (7:30AM) Problems counting too? Seems the last governor was one of those Republicans. You need a vacation.

jack
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jack 12/26/08 - 01:21 pm
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Dissman, Zell never switched

Dissman, Zell never switched partys, but would not support a DIMocRAT Party controlled by fringe socialist wackos. Typical DIM tactic t tell a lie to make a point.

jack
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jack 12/26/08 - 01:23 pm
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Midwestern, Obama IS a

Midwestern, Obama IS a product of the Chicago DIMocRAT slime machine, just a different "tribe" in that machine. Yeah, the Republican governor is in jail ans can play cards or checkers with Blogo.

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Tujeez1 12/26/08 - 01:29 pm
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Well, it's obvious the DEMs

Well, it's obvious the DEMs didn't see Blagojevich's downfall coming. They sure are "out of sorts" and frothing at the mouth about maybe having to "elect" a replacement. The Courts should step in and mandate that the seat go unfilled until the Legal matters surrounding Blago are resolved or the seats' current term expires. Yes, this punishes Illinois, but, they elected their Governor, and The LAW is The LAW. It is comical and a National Embarrassment at the same time. For anyone to think that Obama is not part and parcel of the Corrupt Political Machine in Chicago is ludicrous. He is the Chicago status quo, and as such, will show us more of the same. New Headline: Thugs Buy Oval Office, NOW....Here Comes Da Judge! Oh My, what are the DEMs to do? Much Hand wringing going on over this one, You Betcha!

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 12/26/08 - 01:35 pm
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Maybe a NEW law should be

Maybe a NEW law should be enacted by the Federal Government, concerning the filling of a vacated Senate Seat. I think that the Ranking Majority Member of the State Senate should have to be sent to DC to fulfill the term of the leaving Senator. That would take the appointment out of the "possibly" corrupt hands of a Governor. And since this is a Federal Government position, It(the Federal Government) should dictate the terms of the appointment, with regard to law.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/26/08 - 01:51 pm
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Why, what a socialistic
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Why, what a socialistic solution there, Tujeez. lol

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/26/08 - 02:46 pm
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midwest, fd, what does the

midwest, fd, what does the last governor of Illinois being a Repub have to do with anything? Do you think the Chicago party only controls the Dems? Midwest, your comments don't sound like you paid any attention to politics while you were in Illinois. I believe the last governor of Ill., George Ryan, was a moderate Repub that answered to the Chicago machine, just as any other state politician that wanted to be successful. He was corrupt and is paying for it. He was convicted when he stopped contributing to the machine that put him in office. Count on Obama to be a good boy.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/26/08 - 02:48 pm
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midwest, fd, what does the

midwest, fd, what does the last governor of Illinois being a Repub have to do with anything? Do you think the Chicago party only controls the Dems? Midwest, your comments don't sound like you paid any attention to politics while you were in Illinois. I believe the last governor of Ill., George Ryan, was a moderate Repub that answered to the Chicago machine, just as any other state politician that wanted to be successful. He was corrupt and is paying for it. He was convicted when he stopped contributing to the machine that put him in office. Blagojevich was the natural replacement. Had he remembered his place, this problem wouldn't exist in Illinois. Count on Obama to be a good boy.

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 12/26/08 - 02:50 pm
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Well fd1962, It seems your

Well fd1962, It seems your DEM friends have trouble keeping themselves in eligibility to do their jobs properly. And if I can keep the dangling temptations of corruption out of their hands, so be it. Call it what you will. Just the DEMs requiring more Government regulation to keep them "honest" as I see it. But ain't that the goal of the DEMs, more Government? So, YOU and THEM should be happy. But, alas, just spurns you on towards more instant gratification. Keep sucking the fumes of excess, you'll get the marrow sooner or later.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/26/08 - 02:54 pm
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Now, now Tujeez. No need to
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Now, now Tujeez. No need to get so overwrought over a tiny joke.

fd1962
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fd1962 12/26/08 - 03:10 pm
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And be careful, Tujeez. When
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And be careful, Tujeez. When you "spurn" yourself on, you could accidentally sprang your ankle. (?!)

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