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Illinois governor could announce Obama's Senate replacement

Posted December 30, 2008

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— Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could announce Tuesday whom he has chosen to fill President-elect Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Blagojevich has scheduled a 3 p.m. EST news conference, but spokesman Lucio Guerrero declined to say what the governor plans to discuss.

The Chicago Tribune, however, reports that the governor, facing several corruption charges, will name former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to take over the seat.

Burris, 71, served as the state's head attorney from 1991 to 1995, and currently works as a political consultant for Chicago-based Burris & Lebed Consulting.

The FBI arrest Blagojevich on Dec. 9 on a variety of corruption charges, including scheming to benefit from naming Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate.

Lawmakers in Springfield are considering whether to proceed with plans to impeach him.

The Democratic governor denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to fight both impeachment and the criminal charges.

Blagojevich's pending announcement comes despite warnings by Democratic Senate leaders that they would not seat anyone he appoints, the Tribune reported.

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  • Bob3425 Dec 30, 2008

    I guess then Blagojevich is guilty, did I miss the trail or has our system changed? I thought our system was innocent until proven guilty. I would agree it not a smart move to do this, however this is an issue for the people of Illinois.

  • entryrejected Dec 30, 2008

    blasonofa_b is a joke. he shouldnt seat anybody.

  • Wiser_now Dec 30, 2008

    "The FBI arrested Blagojevich on Dec. 9 on a variety of corruption charges, including scheming to benefit from naming Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate."

    Ok-
    I must have missed something. Why is this man allowed to make any decision regarding something he was arrested for? That's like allowing someone who shot a person pass laws about gun control.

  • tina2117 Dec 30, 2008

    "Burris became the first African-American to win statewide office in 1978, when he won the first of three terms as comptroller. He served as the Illinois' attorney general from 1990 to 1994. However, he failed in the Democratic primaries in three consecutive runs for governor -- 1994, 1998 and 2002, when he ran against Blagojevich. So, why would he be appointed now other than he's black?"

    Because he's qualified??? Possibly well-respected??? And, he's unlikely to run for the seat in the next election due to his age. Also, just because you lose a gubernatorial election does not mean you're not qualified to serve as a senator.

  • Quagmire Dec 30, 2008

    Nice safe pick. Burris will be a placeholder until 2010. I wonder if Alan Keyes will run again.

  • garnertoy Dec 30, 2008

    he should not be allowed to pick anyone.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Dec 30, 2008

    I don't get this? Does anyone have a clean conscience out there? I guess it pays to cheat.

  • Riddickfield Dec 30, 2008

    I guess we will know who had the highest bid soon.

  • Life-goes-on. Dec 30, 2008

    Burris became the first African-American to win statewide office in 1978, when he won the first of three terms as comptroller. He served as the Illinois' attorney general from 1990 to 1994. However, he failed in the Democratic primaries in three consecutive runs for governor -- 1994, 1998 and 2002, when he ran against Blagojevich.
    So, why would he be appointed now other than he's black?

  • copforlife Dec 30, 2008

    First, he's waiting for the check to clear before he makes the announcement.

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