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Blagojevich Back At Work, Signs Autism Bill

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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has shown up for work every day since he was arrested on federal corruption charges Tuesday and signed a bill into law Friday.

From the AP:

Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is still conducting state business even though there have been numerous calls for him to resign and a request was made to the state Supreme Court to strip him of his powers.

His office released a statement today that said he had signed a bill that would give insurance coverage to parents of children with autism.

Just hours earlier, Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan asked the state Supreme Court to prevent Blagojevich from serving as governor.

He was arrested Tuesday on federal corruption charges.

Lawmakers also have demanded that Blagojevich be impeached.

He has defiantly ignored the pressure, showing up for work every day since his arrest.

From the governor's press release:

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed Senate Bill 934 into law, providing insurance coverage to parents of children with autism. The new law, which received overwhelming support from the Illinois General Assembly, will provide coverage for all individuals under age 21 for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) up to $36,000 per year.

"Families of children with autism have a right to access the treatment their children need and today that has finally become a reality in Illinois," said Governor Blagojevich. "I have continued to fight for this cause and I am pleased to sign this bill into law today."