Friday, November 21, 2008

Gov. talks to possible Obama replacements

Gov. Rod Blagojevich is talking with some of the candidates to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, but he's giving few hints about his plans for filling the vacancy.
The Democratic governor spoke this week with U.S. Reps. Danny Davis, Luis Gutierrez and Janice Schakowsky, officials said Thursday.
Davis said they had a pleasant but very general conversation. The two did not discuss policy details or how Blagojevich will make a decision.
Schakowsky gave a similar assessment but added that Blagojevich indicated he probably would not choose Obama's replacement until mid-December at the earliest.
Blagojevich has also discussed the job with state Senate President Emil Jones, who was one of Obama's political mentors.
The governor, who has sole power to appoint Obama's replacement, has not spoken to some other often-mentioned candidates - notably U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Tammy Duckworth, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Democrat Elected Officials

  • Effingham County Board Distric G-Doug McCain
  • Effingham County Treasurer - Steve Dasenbrock
  • Effingham County Board District C - Karen Luchtefeld

Effingham County Democrats Officers

  • Chairman - Audrey Griffith
  • First Vice Chairman - Dan Niebrugge
  • Second Vice Chairman - Allen Wente
  • Secretary - James Hammer
  • Treasurer - Shirley McEvers