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

Blagojevich sets special election dates for Emanuel seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/05/art.getty.blago.emanuel.jpg caption="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. Joe the Drummer

    Blagojevich is just like the rest of them dad burned elected folks wanting donations in turn for special favors. I didnt know lobbying was against the law but I am glad somebody passed a law making it illegal. What in tarnation took em so long.

    January 5, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. wildflower

    A special election for Emanual's seat would involve only one congressional district. Special election for the senate seat would involve the entire state. Big difference in cost. Nice thought about having both at the same time, but it just doesn't work out.

    January 5, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. bill for barack

    So why doesn't he just put Obama's seat up for special election too and not try to stick Illinois with a five time LOSER ?

    January 5, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. mary the clerk

    Dear Jenny

    You pathetic Sarah Palin wanna be bimbo...Go soak your head. Your side lost, it's our world now...Get over it toots

    January 5, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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