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Committee OKs question to abolish lieutenant governor's office

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[February 26, 2010]  SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- An Illinois House committee has approved a plan to allow voters to decide whether to abolish the state's No. 2 post.

HardwareHouse Speaker Michael Madigan says the position of lieutenant governor is unnecessary. His proposed constitutional amendment would go before voters in November.

The Chicago Democrat says he'd been considering the move before Scott Lee Cohen won the Democratic nomination in February. Cohen resigned after questions about past allegations of domestic battery and steroids use.

The House Executive Committee voted 8-0 Wednesday to move the idea to the House floor.

Three Republicans voted "present." They say the amendment should wait. The number of such questions is limited on ballots, and the GOP says a better idea for changing the charter might come along.


The proposal is HJRCA 50.

[Associated Press]

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