From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White put out a statement saying that although he has "respect for former Attorney General Roland Burris" he "cannot co-sign a document that certifies any appointment by Rod Blagojevich for the vacant" U.S. Senate seat previously held by President-elect Obama.
"As I have previously stated publicly, I cannot co-sign a document that certifies any appointment by Rod Blagojevich for the vacant United States Senate seat from Illinois," the statement reads. "Although I have respect for former Attorney General Roland Burris, because of the current cloud of controversy surrounding the Governor, I cannot accept the document."
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn mentioned that White had pledged not to sign off, but it is unclear, what actual power that holds, as state law is clear:
10 ILCS 5/25-8) (from Ch. 46, par. 25-8)
Sec. 25-8. When a vacancy shall occur in the office of United States Senator from this state, the Governor shall make temporary appointment to fill such vacancy until the next election of representatives in Congress, at which time such vacancy shall be filled by election, and the senator so elected shall take office as soon thereafter as he shall receive his certificate of election.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 2, p. 1.)