Illinois Senate Seat in Limbo Following Obama Election

Gov. Rod Blagojevich could tap virtually anyone to replace Obama in the U.S. Senate. The only restrictions are that the person must be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen for at least nine years and an Illinois resident.

Several Democratic politicians already have emerged as possible replacements -- including Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth.

Some have even suggested that retiring Illinois Senate President Emil Jones may succeed Obama -- at least on an interim basis.

Whoever is appointed will fill out the rest of Obama's six-year term, which ends in January 2011. While the law sets no timetable, the appointment is likely before the 111th Congress begins on Jan. 3.


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