The possible scenarios:
Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrived at work Wednesday, trying to pick up the pieces in his Chicago office after his arrest by the FBI. Elsewhere, however, the scramble sped up for the quickest way to force him from power.
The game is afoot. All the major players have a stake in its outcome. For Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn, it's the potential to become governor as soon as Blagojevich is out. For Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, a chance to ascend to the governor's mansion in 2010 looms. For others, the resulting domino effect could propel them to higher offices.
Focused and fervent, public officials found themselves poring over every court case, every legal precedent and every bit of legislative history they could find in a mad search for a way out of Illinois' international embarrassment.
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On Wednesday, Blagojevich dealt with the resignation of a deputy governor who sources say was mentioned in court documents. Co-defendant John Harris, the governor's chief of staff, stayed away.
Senate seat in play:
Blagojevich still could appoint someone to U.S. Senate
, but Washington leaders may refuse to seat the pick. Who would even accept the offer?
Can a governor who loves controversy withstand the pressure to go home? Or does Blagojevich, who authorities say complained of financial pressures, want to keep his salary of $177,412 flowing?