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Obama Prodded To Intervene On Illinois Ethics Bill

10/16/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Illinois lawmakers tried again to draw Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama back into state politics.

At a bipartisan press conference meant to prompt state Senate President Emil Jones to call the Senate back into session in order to address pending ethics legislation, Republican Sen. Kirk Dillard suggested a call from Obama would move Jones to action, Greg Hinz reported in Crain's Chicago Business.

Obama's campaign had no response.

More on the ethics bill, from Crain's:

At issue is a legal question that never has been resolved: How long does the Senate have to act on the bill in the wake of a decision by the House to override an amendatory veto by Gov. Rod Blagojevich?

The House overwhelmingly overrode the veto last week. Under law, the Senate has 15 days to respond, but it's uncertain when that clock begins ticking. Some Springfield insiders say the clock began last week, but Mr. Jones says it won't start until November, when the House action is officially read into the Senate's record of proceedings.

Wednesday, the unanimous sentiment of those assembled at the press conference was that the state ought not risk a delay.

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