Ill. Parties Clash Over Potential Special Election

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Springfield, Ill. (AP) The attorney representing Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to attend today’s meeting of a special Illinois House Committee reviewing potential impeachment.

The meeting may provide the first hint of the embattled Democratic governor’s strategy as he battles corruption allegations.

Meantime, Illinois Republicans have launched a political ad campaign. They’re demanding a special election to fill the senate vacancy that Blagojevich allegedly tried to sell.

Democrats, after initially supporting such an election, this Week canceled a vote on the matter and backed away in the name of good government. They say an election would cost up to $50 million and leave the state with a Senate vacancy until at least April.

Republicans say Democrats are simply afraid of losing the election. They claim Democrats want to hold onto the power to appoint a Senator to replace President-elect Barack Obama.

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