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Updated 02/10/11 – 6:14 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD (CBS/AP) – Illinois state senators might take one last shot at voting on Gov. Pat Quinn’s nominee to head the Illinois State Police.

Earlier Thursday, a spokeswoman for Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said there was no way to hold a confirmation hearing before time ran out and Acting ISP Director Jonathon Monken officially got the job.

But Rikeesha Phelon later said Senate leaders had begun considering a hearing next Wednesday, the last day possible.

Nominees are automatically confirmed if the Senate doesn’t hold a vote within 60 session days. The deadline was also complicated by the fact that Monken was nominated during a legislative session that ended last month.

Monken is 31 and has no law enforcement experience, but he has served as acting director of state police for nearly two years.

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