CHICAGO - The Illinois Senate narrowly rejected a measure yesterday to put on the November ballot a constitutional amendment to allow for a voter recall of elected officials - an effort aimed at Gov. Rod Blagojevich amid an ongoing federal corruption probe and allegations that he rewarded a campaign contributor with a top state post.
The Senate, controlled by Democrats, rejected the constitutional amendment question in a 33-19 vote, just a few votes short of the 36-person super-majority required to put it on the ballot. The measure had advanced from committee a day earlier with a near unanimous endorsement - the exception being Senate President Emil Jones, D-Chicago. Jones has remained loyal to the Democratic governor.