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Schakowsky won’t run for U.S. Senate

U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky of Evanston announced today that she has dropped plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Roland Burris.


U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky of Evanston announced today that she has dropped plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Roland Burris.

In a video announcement posted on YouTube this morning she’d decided she didn’t want to spend the time it would take to raise funds for the campaign.

“I feel confident I that could raise the $10 million needed for a primary race — and the $16 plus million needed for a general election campaign, but to do it I would have become a telemarketer five to six hours each day,” Schakowsky said.

She said she instead plans to run for re-election to the House seat that she’s held since 1999.

In addition to Burris, other likely candidates for the Senate seat are considered to be state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Merchandise Mart boss Chris Kennedy, both Democrats; and north suburban GOP congressman Mark Kirk.

Burris’ hold on the seat is considered to be weakened because he was appointed by impeached former governor Rod Blagojevich.

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