Former Chicago lawyer Jacob Meister announces candidacy for 2010 IL Senate seat as Democrat

You probably don't know my name, but that's a good thing.”

— Jacob Meister

Another hat has been thrown into the ring in the bid for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. Former lawyer Jacob Meister has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Meister, a Democrat, began working for various law firms in Chicago in 1990, before opening his own office in 2002. While attending college, Meister worked as a special-projects assistant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Jim Moody of the 5th Congressional District of Wisconsin.

In a statement on his website, Meister says that never having held public office is an advantage, because he is not beholden to any special interests.

The seat is currently held by Senator Roland Burris, who was specially appointed by former governor Rod Blagojevich in 2008. Burris decided not to run for a full term in 2010.

Other Democratic candidates running for the seat include former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

You probably don't know my name, but that's a good thing.

Some known names have already begun to declare their candidacies for the U.S. Senate seat that will open up next year in Illinois.

Trouble is, while these candidates' names are known, so is their baggage. But because Illinois has become a laughingstock - known as much for its corrupt politics as it is for its glittering jewel on the lake and the abundant corn and soy of its heartland - the people of Illinois can ill afford to keep lugging that baggage around.

A Chicago attorney is running as a Democrat for President Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat.

Jacob Meister announced his candidacy Tuesday. Meister practiced law in Chicago for nearly 20 years, focusing on banking regulation, interstate commerce and telecommunications.

Meister says he's entering the race because it's time "to take back Illinois politics from career politicians."

The Democratic field for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Roland Burris also includes first-term state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (jeh-NOO'-lee-ehs) and former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman. Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson says she also plans to run.

Burris says he isn't running for a full term.