AG's Chances for Senate: ‘Less than Zero'

Madigan considers run for governor

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the chance is "less than zero" that Gov. Rod Blagojevich will offer her President-elect Barack Obama's former seat in the U.S. Senate.

Madigan on Tuesday said she doesn't think she was even being considered and she's thinking instead about a possible run for Blagojevich's job.

The Chicago Democrat also said she liked her job as attorney general.

Blagojevich has to name someone to replace Obama because the former junior senator from Illinois is headed to the White House.

Obama officially resigned from his post on Sunday.

Under the state’s 65-year-old Senate succession law, the governor must make an appointment to fill the vacancy until the next federal election, in 2010. He has said he wants to name Obama's replacement by Christmas.

Potential candidates to replace Obama include Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Senate President Emil Jones and Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

Madigan's father, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, is the governor's political nemesis.

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