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Quinn says he'd appoint Obama's replacement if made governor


Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn says if he's made governor, he may opt to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's Senate replacement rather than wait for a special election.

Speaking on NBC's "Today" show Thursday, Quinn said in general he's in favor of letting voters choose public officials. But he says the economic crisis makes it vital for the state to have two senators in place.

Quinn said he'll evaluate the situation and make a decision based on what's best for the state.

Quinn said if Gov. Rod Blagojevich does not resign it won't be long before he's either impeached or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asks the state Supreme Court to declare him unable to serve.

Quinn said he has not spoken to the governor since the summer of 2007.


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