Blago 'Upbeat' Amid Storm

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 11, 2008 6:22 PM CST
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his home in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.    (Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – With pressure mounting by the hour for him to resign or face impeachment, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich remained "upbeat" and in a "positive mood," his spokesman said. Blagojevich did his best to ignore the storm swirling around him. "There's a sense of trying to return to normalcy," said the spokesman, adding that he didn't know whether Blagojevich would step down. "That's something that obviously he'll decide on his own."

Illinois AG Lisa Madigan again threatened to go to the state Supreme Court to have Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office. "Obviously right now in the best of all possible worlds the governor would do what's right—he would resign," said Madigan. But "at this point he appears to be staying put," and Madigan wants a signal from lawmakers about whether they will move quickly on impeachment proceedings.