(CNN) – Senate Democratic leaders are weighing their options in light of the Illinois State Supreme Court decision that Roland Burris’s certificate of appointment does not require the secretary of state’s signature.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Illinois senior Sen. Dick Durbin had been very clear that their path to seating Burris began with the signature of Secretary of State Jesse White, citing a Senate rule from 1884 that seems to require it.
The court ruled Friday afternoon that no such signature was required.
Two days ago, White insisted to a Chicago radio station that he would keep his word, and not sign any certificate that also had the signature of Gov. Rod Blagojevich on it. But White was also critical of the Senate’s decision to block Burris, and said he merely considered his own signature ceremonial. His next move also remains a question mark.