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Illinois governor expected to name Obama replacement

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CHICAGO (KWWL) - Governor Rod Blagojevich is expected to name former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris as his pick to fill Barack Obama's seat in the U.S. Senate.

State Senate President Emil Jones said Tuesday that Burris told him about the appointment.

Blagojevich was arrested earlier this month on federal charges that he tried to sell or trade the seat to the highest bidder. U.S. Senate leaders have said they won't seat anyone appointed by Blagojevich.

The governor has denied wrongdoing and has vowed to remain in office.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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