Blagojevich Fires More Midnight Appointees

St. Louis, Mo. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is making good on his threat to remove some of George Ryan's last minute appointees.

Yesterday, he fired another 28 people who had gotten state jobs.

That brings to 63 the number of people Blagojevich has fired. He says Ryan ignored state laws that forbade him from hiring people based on political connections. The new governor says he expects some lawsuits from appointees who want to keep their jobs, but also encouraged those people to reapply for the jobs.

He says many of the people he's firing are qualified, but they got jobs the wrong way. Blagojevich also says more firings are likely in the near future.