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CHICAGO � Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has sued the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael Madigan, saying Madigan has failed to convene special sessions of the legislature called by the governor. Blagojevich contends in the lawsuit that he has the constitutional authority to name the time and date of any special sessions and that has authority “has been, and continues to be, eviscerated by Speaker Madigan at a critical juncture.” Madigan has not called the sessions at the time proclaimed by Blagojevich, has failed to convene the last two sessions, and has formulated a “scheme” to ensure there’s not a House quorum for the sessions, the Aug. 24 lawsuit alleges. Madigan plans to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit because sessions have been called when the governor made proclamations, said Steve Brown, a spokesman for the speaker. There have been 16 proclamations over the summer he said. The battle escalated during July and August while Blagojevich and Madigan, both Democrats, sparred over the state’s budget under the threat of a possible government shutdown. While appropriations for the budget have since been passed, the lawsuit maintains that there are many other pieces of crucial legislative business that might require a special session.

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