01/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevich's Replacement: Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn Assembling Transition Team

As a disgraced but defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich vows a lengthy fight to hold on to his office, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn has been quietly working to put together a transitional government for when, or if, he is able to seize the reins as Illinois chief executive.

"It's presumptuous to announce anything," Quinn said. "But I think that the public should be secure in the knowledge that, if the governor is impeached or resigns, then we're ready to start in a moment's notice."

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