Report: Illinois Gov. Blagojevich to name Senate replacement today

December 30, 2008

CHICAGO (ChattahBox) -– The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to appoint 71-year-old former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris today. Blagojevich has scheduled a 3 p.m. EST news conference amid this report that he plans to name someone to Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat. His spokesman Lucio Guerrero declined to say what the Democratic governor plans to discuss.

Burris was the first African American to win statewide office in Illinois when he was elected comptroller, serving from 1983 to 1991. He served as Illinois Attorney General from 1991 to 1995. Burris previously ran and lost bids for the U.S. senate and governor.

Blagojevich was arrested earlier this month on charges that he tried to sell or trade the seat to the highest bidder. The governor has denied wrongdoing and has defiantly vowed to remain in office. Citing unnamed sources, Senate leaders have said they will not seat anyone Blagojevich names.


One Response to “Report: Illinois Gov. Blagojevich to name Senate replacement today”

  1. coffee fiend on December 31st, 2008 1:08 am

    Blagojevich represents everything that is crooked politics… and he doesn’t show even a hint of remorse

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