Posted at 10:24 AM on December 9, 2008
by Tom Scheck
A) Keep your head down with the hopes that the investigation goes away?
B) Talk to your attorneys about working out a deal?
C) Try to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder?
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich apparently chose "C."
Anyone know who takes Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office? Lt Gov? Special election?
I'm told it's the Lt. Gov.
I'm also told its the Lt Gov. However, before such a promotion could occur, the governorship must become vacant...
SECTION 6. GUBERNATORIAL SUCCESSION
(a) In the event of a vacancy, the order of succession
to the office of Governor or to the position of Acting
Governor shall be the Lieutenant Governor, the elected
Attorney General, the elected Secretary of State, and then as
provided by law.
(b) If the Governor is unable to serve because of death,
conviction on impeachment, failure to qualify, resignation or
other disability, the office of Governor shall be filled by
the officer next in line of succession for the remainder of
the term or until the disability is removed.
(c) Whenever the Governor determines that he may be
seriously impeded in the exercise of his powers, he shall so
notify the Secretary of State and the officer next in line of
succession. The latter shall thereafter become Acting
Governor with the duties and powers of Governor. When the
Governor is prepared to resume office, he shall do so by
notifying the Secretary of State and the Acting Governor.
(d) The General Assembly by law shall specify by whom
and by what procedures the ability of the Governor to serve
or to resume office may be questioned and determined. The
Supreme Court shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction
to review such a law and any such determination and, in the
absence of such a law, shall make the determination under
such rules as it may adopt.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)