Obama urges Ill. Senate to pass ethics measure

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Presidential candidate Barack Obama is urging the Illinois Senate to act quickly on disputed ethics legislation.

Obama called Senate President Emil Jones on Wednesday morning and said the measure should be passed "at the earliest possible opportunity."

Obama and Jones have a long relationship.

The legislation would restrict campaign donations by people doing business with the state. It passed in the spring, but Governor Rod Blagojevich rejected it and called for major changes.

The House has overridden that veto, but Jones says the Senate won't act until November.

The delay raises constitutional questions that could kill the legislation or keep it tied up in long legal battles.

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