July 22nd, 2009
02:21 PM ET
13 years ago

Illinois State Treasurer to jump into Senate race

(CNN) - Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias will officially jump into the 2010 race for U.S. Senate on Sunday.

Giannoulias will make his formal announcement in Chicago and the state capitol of Springfield, as he kicks off a three-day, seven-city swing,
according to his exploratory committee.

The seat was formally held by Barack Obama, who stepped down from the Senate in November following his victory in the presidential election. Sen. Roland Burris currently holds the office. Burris said earlier this summer that he will not run for a full term next year.

Republican Mark Kirk, the five-term congressman representing the northern Chicago suburbs, announced Monday he will seek the Republican nomination for the seat. Kirk, a moderate whose district leans Democratic, said in Monday's announcement speech that he is "not an ideologue or party partisan," according to the Chicago Tribune.

Besides Giannoulias, Democratic candidates reportedly eyeing the seat include Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson and Chicago businessman Christopher Kennedy. Kennedy's father, the late Robert F. Kennedy, represented New York in the Senate. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who was widely believed to be a top candidate for the Democratic nomination, said earlier this month she would not run.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Well may the biggest crook win, go Chicago....

    July 22, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's a lost cause. Once a Kennedy is in it, the race is finsihed. although I can't say the same thing for Caroline Kennedy.

    July 22, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Sharon Kitchen

    More the merrier.

    Kirk is a World Bank -–Bush kid.

    July 22, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. J Stone

    Giannoulias is just another member of the tainted Gov. Blago administration. I don't care if he played basketball with President Obama, maybe if he was spending some time focusing on the college saving's fund instead of shooting 3s, this state could actually have some financial sucess. Kirk has voted against Obama's horrible budget plan, against his $787 billion stimulus plan, and again all of the earmarks that have the power to financially destroy the financial stability of this country. Alexi would just be a pawn of Obama his so called "mentor". Let's not send a patsy to the Senate, lets send a Veteran and a leader to help send this country in the right direction.

    July 22, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Zero.

    Help small business's who live on an overdraft. Then get priority in any Bank over the average investors. Why?

    July 22, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. cjr

    and mark went to China and told the Chinese not to buy our debt. It.s all over the internet. Sure thing mark – you will be the next senator from IL. The only good thing about his run is that when he loses – he will be out of politics. this guy is history

    July 22, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Brad

    He has a good shot, but keep this name in mind...Tom Dart. The Cook County Sheriff, he's a real dark horse in this race, if he announces, he will win the nomination and the seat.

    July 22, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |