WASHINGTON (CNN) - Chris Kennedy, the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, is "seriously considering" a run for the Illinois Senate seat once held by President Obama, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Spokeswoman Kasey Madden didn't say when Kennedy will decide whether or not he is going to run.
"He has conducted polling which indicates a strong interest," Madden said. "But there is no timeline for a decision or an announcement."
If he decides to run in 2010, Kennedy could challenge Sen. Roland Burris, the embattled appointee of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Kennedy is currently the president of Merchandise Mart in Chicago. He is the nephew of Sen. Ted Kennedy and former President John F. Kennedy and his father, Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968 while trying to run for president.