Friday, July 02, 2010

More Illinois Senate drama: A special?

More Illinois Senate drama: A special?

As if there hasn’t been enough drama surrounding the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama, here’s some more: According to a recent federal court ruling, Illinois might have to hold two Senate elections on Nov. 2 so that an elected senator, rather than appointed Democratic Sen. Roland Burris, can fill the seat.

In an under-the-radar June 16 ruling, a federal appeals court ruled that the 17th Amendment requires that the state hold a special election to elect a senator to represent the state until the end of the 111th Congress.

It’s still in litigation — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion to reconsider with the appellate court, and District Judge John Grady will hold a July 21 hearing to consider any new rulings and figure out how to proceed.

But absent any changes, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals told Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to call for an election that, by law, must be held Nov. 2.

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