CHICAGO - The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday shot down Attorney General Lisa Madigan's requests that the court declare Gov. Rod Blagojevich unfit to govern following his arrest last week on federal corruption charges.

The court yesterday issued its orders denying Madigan's motions without comment. Madigan had filed motions last Friday seeking a temporary restraining or preliminary injunction temporarily removing the governor or at least seeking to strip him of most of his responsibilities, such as the ability to award contracts or name President-elect Barack Obama's Senate replacement. The court also rejected a petition by a group of private citizens seeking to remove the governor.

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