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  Hastert to Leave November 5th?
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ContributorJ.R. 
Last EditedJ.R.  Aug 22, 2007 04:29pm
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News DateWednesday, August 22, 2007 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLike a prairie fire from the Midwest, the hottest political rumor to sweep from Illinois to Washington yesterday had it that Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.), having already announced his retirement from Congress in ’08, would go a step further on November 5th and resign from office outright. Should the last Republican House speaker leave office, Illinois election law requires a special election to fill the resultant vacancy no later than 120 days later. But with the Prairie State’s presidential primary to be held February 5th, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich could easily save tax dollars by calling a special election in Hastert’s 14th District on the same day.
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