Speaker of the Illinois House, Mike Madigan, abruptly shut down the Illinois House yesterday to avoid a vote on having a special election to fill Barack Obama's unexpired Senate term.
Madigan's daughter was on the "acceptable" list of people Blago and Obama agreed to.
Madigan wants his daughter to have a chance and would rather let a corrupt Governor or his flunky Pat Quinn appoint Obama's replacement than leave it up to the people to decide.
Why? The people are more than a little hacked off with the Democrats in Illinois and Mark Kirk is considering a run. Kirk is a very popular Republican in Illinois. He's to the left of most here on social issues, but he wins his Chicago area district consistently getting a demographic of voters the GOP lusts after.
Madigan and the Democratic establishment in Illinois want no part of Kirk. So they'll let the new Senator be appointed under a cloud of corruption and suspicion. That's a safer bet than letting the people decide.