Alexis Giannoulias Interest In The U.S. Senate Seat

Rod Blagojevich had very few friends during his impeachment trail, but on of his biggest enemies during the ordeal was State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

"We are dealt with a process that's been tainted. It's gone from tainted, to contaminated, to just toxic," said Giannoulias.

The State Treasurer spent some time in Rockford today and talked to 23News about him considering a run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2010. The Chicago democrat has formed an exploratory committee, and he says during this time of perceived corruption in politics he feel it's even more important for young leaders to step up and answer the call to service.

"The people of Illinois need and deserve a Senator who's going to bring integrity back to the process. Who's going to stand up and effectively lead so we can focus on topics like fixing the economy, unfreezing the credit markets, getting people back to work, helping businesses come back to Illinois and deliver on the change that Barack Obama has promised to this nation," said Ginnoulias.

Giannoulias, who turns 33 this month would look to claim the senate seat currently occupied by fellow Democrat Roland Burris.