CHICAGO - The fiscal costs of the political turmoil resulting from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest last week on federal corruption charges continued to mount this week as Fitch Ratings downgraded the state, in part due to concerns the scandal might impede its ability to resolve a $2 billion deficit.

Fitch released its report downgrading Illinois' general obligation debt to AA-minus from AA late Monday as the state prepared to sell $1.4 billion of GO certificates Tuesday, although Fitch was not asked to issue a short-term rating on the sale.

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