January 5th, 2009
04:39 PM ET
11 years ago

Blagojevich sets special election dates for Emanuel seat

Gov. Blagojevich names dates to hold a special election to fill former Rep. Rahm Emanuel's congressional seat.

Gov. Blagojevich names dates to hold a special election to fill former Rep. Rahm Emanuel's congressional seat.

(CNN) - Gov. Rod Blagojevich set a spring date Monday for a special election to fill the congressional seat formerly held by Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

Blagojevich said primary voters in the state's 5th Congressional District will head to the polls March 3, and make their final pick April 7. The dates are based on recommendations by local elections officials.

Emanuel's resignation of the congressional seat formerly held by Blagojevich himself was effective Friday, January 2.


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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Ken in NC

    I wonder how much he will get for this seat.

    January 5, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    Blago needs 2 GO !!

    January 5, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Darko

    What's the problem with adding the vacant Senate seat to this ballot?

    Oh, that's right. The people aren't allowed to decide. That's for judges, canvassing boards, and senate leadership.

    New Age 'Democracy' – get used to it, there's plenty more to come....

    January 5, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Darko

    What's the problem with adding the vacant Senate seat to this ballot?

    Oh, that's right. The people aren't allowed to decide. That's for judges, canvassing boards, and senate leadership.

    New Age 'Democracy' – get used to it, there's plenty more to come....

    January 5, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. george in alaska

    hey dave in ca...there is no such thing as a "liberal", and anyone that makes it to figurehead the "cia" is just as venomous as any that preceded them

    by the way, "liberal" is just rush limburger venacular for common sense (of which bushites haven't the ability to grasp).

    boo hoo our party is going down the tubes so we are taking our ball and going home boo hoo what a bunch of baby whiners!

    January 5, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Tom

    Innocent until proven guilty, yes, and the courts will decide that in due time. But with his own voice on tape in blatant violation of the law, he should step down and turn the reins over to someone who is untainted by the stink of corruption. Sadly, he appears to be guilty, delusional, and selfish. He is not carrying out the people's business but trying to ignore reality.

    January 5, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. fefe

    I'm just wondering what's going on in politics, i can't believe that all this corruption that's going on has not been resolved. I always new politics were crooked now i know the truth.

    January 5, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. fefe

    I'm just wondering what's going on in politics, i can't believe that all this corruption that's going on has not been resolved. I always new politics were crooked now i know the truth.

    January 5, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. All Democrats are SNAKES!

    Blago is a nut. As for MN, it was said from the beginning that Franken and the Democrats were snakes who, with the help of ACORN would keep the counting going until the numbers came up in Franken's favor, then demand the counting stop and claim victory.

    It was also said that Coleman and the Republicans were too weak and sissified to put up a fight and prevent the election from being stolen.

    Minnesota is a joke and if Franken is seated, his "legitimacy" will certainly get more laughs than his so called comedy ever did!

    The United States is now officially a Third-World Country!

    January 5, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Matt

    wow...someone lock this prancing nancy in his room without dessert

    if he had an ounce of decency in him, he'd show some restraint, irrespective of whether he is innocent or not

    January 5, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Brian

    Keep showing those photos of Obama, Blago, and Emanuel together...it only solidifies my skepticism for the new Executive branch come 1/20/2009. Glad to see a Clinton White House, part III will be coming soon. I'm willing to give Obama a chance as President, but all these former Clinton aides on his staff are sure fueling the inexperienced argument.

    "Change we can believe it." Marty McFly

    January 5, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. ryan

    Being a Chicagoan myself, I am quite ashamed of this guy's actions. And, while I agree, he should be dealt with quickly, the law does say 'innocent until proven guilty'. Even if you have videotaped evidence and 'blood on your hands over the body', everyone is entitled to a fair trial. That being said, someone who claims his innocene so loudly should also have the integrity to realize that while an investigation is underway, he should ethically hold off on making such pointed decisions.

    January 5, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Mike

    Hey Blago...What about a special election for Obama's vacant Senate seat? I would be the right thing to do for Illinois voters like me.

    January 5, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Laverne

    A little to late to start trying to be governor now! Your days are numbered!

    January 5, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. BB

    Why not add on two folks for US Senate and solve two problems at once?

    January 5, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. John

    I understand that Gov Blago is innocent until proven guilty, but the audio in those wire tapes say it all about what type of person he is.

    January 5, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. David, Chicago, IL

    >at least an election will have less of a taint to it January 5th,
    >2009 4:14 pm ET

    >can't believe they let him in city hall

    I can't believe they let you an the internet! It's state government, not city government.

    Ohhh...and he's not skilled enough of a crook to be in Chicago City government. It takes a REAL crook to run this city!

    January 5, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Jessica in IL

    Yeah, he's great at carrying on like he's done nothing wrong...

    January 5, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. HSNP

    My relatives in Illinois must be so proud.

    January 5, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. SOS!!!

    Gov. Blagojevich names dates to hold a special election to fill former Rep. Rahm Emanuel's congressional seat
    Like it or Not he is still GOV

    January 5, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Ron - Saint Louis

    But he couldn't hold a special elect for the senate seat? Guess he didn't want to return the money.

    January 5, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Jenny

    Well, well, well...looks like the Obama team has been talking to Blag all along afterall...no wonder he is still in office...I see Rep. Rahm Emanuel was able to attend a press conference with Blaj...how logical is that given Blaj is under investigation and Obama denounces (at least to reporters) Blaj's activities...I told you guys that Blaj wouldn't have held a press conference to announce Burris was taking Obama's senate seat if he hadn't got word from on high...

    It is one thing for Obama to feed reporters the line, "I can't say anything due to 'confidentiality', when they asked about Blaj and if his administration knew about the senate seat selling...it is another to continue to support such a guy behind the trusting public's backs.

    Reporters, I hope you dare to print what you find out about our PE during his four years in office...you owe it to the American people to be honest about his dealings; not keep it from us.

    January 5, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. American

    Well we can't just expect Blagojevich to stop working when he hasn't been convicted yet.

    January 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Kurt C.

    They probably haven't indicted him yet because Obama is tied into him and they've decided because of that to not follow through with Blagojevich.

    January 5, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Bryan

    I believe the Illinois constitution states that the governor picks to fill a senator's vacant seat and that an election must be held for a representative's vacant seat. Why not have an election for both? I don't know. Go figure.

    January 5, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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