Illinois Republicans are renewing their call for a special election any time there’s a vacancy in the U.S. Senate.
Illinois Republicans are renewing their call for a special election any time there’s a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. Top Republicans planned to introduce that legislation Thursday in Springfield, days after questions arose over how U.S. Sen. Roland Burris won his appointment from the embattled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Republicans are also launching a petition drive in all 102 Illinois counties to support special elections. Republican spokesman Lance Trover says the state needs to change these rules to prevent Illinois from the kind of embarrassment it’s felt during the last two months. Republicans say top Democrats have flip-flopped on holding special elections. The GOP hopes Democratic leaders will change their minds and support the legislation. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.