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February 27, 2009

Giannoulias running for Senate

Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois' state treasurer, plans to announce Monday that he'll run next year for the Democratic nomination for the state's Senate seat, according to two sources familiar with the plans.

His move could set him up in a primary against embattled Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), who has not made his mind up about 2010 despite the controversy swirling around his appointment to the seat. Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.) also has not ruled out a run.

Democratic leaders are fond of the young state treasurer; he accompanied Sen. Dick Durbin on a trip abroad this month, and the Democratic senator has praised his fundraising prowess.

-- Manu Raju