Not much time to post today (it's nice to be busy in this economy), but it's worth noting that State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias announced an exploratory committee today for a 2010 Senate bid. It looks like he will almost certainly face Senator Roland Burris in a primary, since Burris seems to be dug in. Given the recent (if a bit late) support from some segments of the African-American community, Alexi may have quite a fight on his hands. It's no coincidence that Alexi offers LOTS of pix with him and African-Americans on his new website.
Wonder what Mark Kirk thinks of all this...?
Use this as an Alexi/Roland/Mark (and throw in Jan Schakowski if you like) open thread.