WASHINGTON (CNN) – President-Elect Barack Obama resigned from the Senate earlier this week setting off a mad scramble to fill the two remaining years of his six-year term representing Illinois.
More than half a dozen people ranging from state lawmakers to current congressmen have been mentioned as potential successors to Obama. But it will not be the future commander-in-chief who will choose the next Illinois senator. Instead, that power rests in the hands of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a fellow Democrat. Blagojevich has maintained his decision will not be made in haste, and he wants “to ensure that Obama’s successor will understand and fight for the needs of average Illinoisans.”
There is no clear successor in the wings and in the old school politics that shape the Illinois and Chicago landscape, Blagojevich will likely weigh several factors as he makes this decision notwithstanding his own possible re-election in 2010.
Candidates likely being considered for the open Senate seat:
U.S. Rep. Danny Davis
Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr.
Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky
You are an idiot "Welcome to the Obama Show". Seriously get some help.
TAMMY DUCKWORTH PLEASE!!!!
Thanks for your uplifting neo-con perspective "Welcome to the Obama Show." Slight problem though–Obama has nothing to do with the state of Illinois choosing his sucessor. Is there anything neo-cons won't belittle him for? Meanwhile, your siting moron in chief is the most despised elected official in US history. Not my words–he has a record disapproval rating. People liked Nixon more than G dubya, yet you still feel your constant second-guessing of all-things-Obama, even though he's done nothing wrong, carries merit? That's clinical dillusion.
BTW–I hope Illinois goes with Tammy Duckworth. She's an Iraq war hero, an outspoken critic of the war, and knows first hand what its like to be an injured vet.
Anyone, but Jesse.. that guy needs to go to school to learn some discipline and manners
Hard to replace "GOD "masquerading as a community organizer !!
I think Jesse Jackson Jr. would be wonderful to fill your shoes.
Annjell doesn't get it. Obama doesn't pick his replacement in the Senate and this article has nothing to do with his cabinet.
All are good choices; however, my personal preferences are Tammy Duckworth or Jesse Jackson Jr.
Tammy Duckworth would be a great pick to put Veteran Affairs on the forefront of the Senate like it should have been from the get go of this horrible war in Iraq.
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PUPPETS ON A STRING!!!!!!!!!!!
What does this mean? Some of you people want to rattle things up so badly that you don't even make any sense? I live in Chicago and I'm aware of what these people on this list have actually done and there are some great candidates listed here. These are good people who do good work. I'm sick of people saying Chicago politics are corrupt. It's no worse than anywhere else, and in fact, most people rave at how GOOD the people of Chicago are. Let's get these good people in office and get rid of the bad eggs who have been there for the past 8 or more years. It's time for the people!
Re; Wolf Blitzers comment on whether it is a good thing for Obama to follow Lincoln's example.
To follow any wise and prudent man's Ideals even 150 years after his death is not a bad thing. Times may change but wisdom is always a good thing to Lead with or to Follow.
Jessie Jackson jr ... nuff said
ANYONE but the "Rev" JJ! He's fought good fights but, after the statement "Somebody oughta cut his n^ts off" he's not appealing to me. Just because he thought his micro. was off does not give ANYONE the right to state something like that...
Just to let you know I am a 17 year old still in high school. I actively campaigned for President-elect Obama. I believe whoever replaces Obama in his senate seat, I believe will be a wise and great choice for the state of which he lived in. Obama is even considering some Republicans for his seat and also for his administration. This is a truly Bi-partition guy who will choose only the best of the best for his seat and his administration.
PS: I agree with the "um" person up there. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW, please if you have nothing to say that is constructive, DO NOT comment at all. I am sure you heard that before.
oh,pleas's's'e'e', The brother (Obama) will annoint the brother, Jesse the "Reverend) Jr., to his lifetime position as senator of Illinois,until he(Jackson Jr.) decides to run for president, sometime in 2016? Sign,Sealed,and Delivered!
What about Delaware?
Haven't seen one mention of Joe Biden's replacement on CNN.com yet.
Personally think there's some nepotism happening with Joe Biden trying to save his seat for his son, but there must be someone else in Delaware who be willing and able to do it?
Fat chance Lisa Madigan gets the spot. Blago has a long standing fued with the Madigans.
If Emil Jones gets the seat, Illinoisans should try to vote him out. He is an incompetent, no-nothing, boob.
Tammy has a great story, but in my opinion lacks the competency for the position.
I think the seat should go to either Danny Davis, a long standing Congressman with great respect in his district, or Jesse Jackson Jr., another Congressman with great respect in the district.
Why has Joe Biden resigned yet from the US senate?
It's a simple question, right? Yet no pressure in being put on his replacement.
Ms. Schakowsky is my Rep. now and she has done great things for the North Side. If Blago picks her, I hope we'll have an equally dedicated and capable Rep. to succeed her.
Oh, I'm sure he's reward Oprah. Good grief, it appears as long as the suspects are African American, Obama thinks they are qualified.
Wow! That's a lot of good choices to pick from... looks like the governor will have to pick a lottery drawing out of it.
PUT THEM ALL ..........
This seat should go to Jackson Junior.
I still don't see all the well qualified blacks moving up. I want Barack to make history by nominating a lot of blacks.
I am not going to wash my hands for months because I used it to pick the first Black President.
if CNN can only wait with us?
Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth would be an excellent choice. If you don't know her history just do a web search and read up on this couragous woman.