CHICAGO - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Friday asked the the state's Supreme Court to either temporarily remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office or strip him of his power to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, act on legislation, or award state contracts.

Madigan's move, unprecedented in state history, came three days after federal authorities arrested Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris - who resigned on Friday - on criminal corruption charges that included allegations the governor was seeking to personally benefit from his power to fill Obama's seat.

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