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  [IL-14] Questions surrounding the timing of Hastert’s resignation spark confusion
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Last EditedArmyDem  Nov 17, 2007 08:22am
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News DateFriday, November 16, 2007 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Sam Youngman
November 16, 2007

Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) announced Thursday he is resigning before the end of the year.

But exactly when he will step down is the bigger question, one that is creating a great deal of confusion for the candidates looking to fill his seat and for the Illinois state Board of Elections.

The announcement exasperated Board officials, who had already walked reporters through the process for filling the former Speaker’s seat when he first announced in August his intentions to step down.

Now that Hastert has indicated his resignation is imminent, he will have to send a letter to Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich (D) announcing he is leaving office. Blagojevich will then have five days to tell the counties in Hastert’s district when the special elections would take place, which must occur between 115 to 120 days after the resignation is official.

Sources have indicated that could happen as soon as late November or early December.
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