Updated: Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008, 2:16 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 30 Dec 2008, 2:16 PM EST
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll reject any paperwork that Gov. Rod Blagojevich files to name a new U.S. senator.
The secretary of state keeps state records and certifies official actions.
But White says he won't certify anything Blagojevich does to fill the Senate seat once held by President-elect Barack Obama.
White issued a statement today saying he can't accept any paperwork from Blagojevich on the Senate seat "because of the current cloud of controversy surrounding the governor."
It isn't clear if that administrative roadblock would keep the appointment from taking place.
Blagojevich is expected to name former attorney general Roland Burris to the vacancy later in the day.
Senate leaders have said they won't seat anyone appointed by
Blagojevich, who was arrested on federal corruption charges this