Alexi Giannoulias speaks at Fulton County Democratic Headquarters

Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat and the youngest state treasurer in the nation when elected to that post at age 30 in November 2006, discussed his intentions to run for the U.S. Senate on Monday at Fulton County Democratic Party headquarters in Canton. A crowd of more than 30 people, including several locally elected officials, was on hand.
Giannoulias said he has formed an exploratory committee and within two weeks will formally announce his campaign to run for the seat held by outgoing U.S. Sen. Roland Burris. Burris is a Democrat who was appointed to the Senate seat by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and recently said he will not seek election next year to keep the seat.
That seat formerly was held by Barack Obama and was vacated after he ran for president. Giannoulias was endorsed by Obama when he ran for state treasurer.