ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT WON’T OUST BLAGOJEVICH…. This was a bit of a long shot anyway.

The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s fitness to hold office.

A spokesman said Wednesday that the court rejected the challenge without comment.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan had argued Blagojevich’s legal and political troubles are keeping him from performing his duties. He has been charged with seeking kickbacks in choosing a successor for President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

Madigan was stretching the spirit of the law to creative lengths. An obscure Illinois Supreme Court rule says the seven justices can oust a sitting governor if he/she is deemed unfit for office. Madigan argued that Blagojevich’s scandal has effectively become a practical disability, leaving him unable to serve.

The Illinois Supreme Court wasn’t going for it.

As a result, Blagojevich’s future seems to boil down to three possibilities: impeachment, resignation, and criminal conviction. Which is the most likely? At this point, your guess is as good as mine.

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