Valerie B.Jarrett, a trusted adviser to Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, may also be a candidate to succeed him in the U.S. Senate if he should win the White House.
In recent weeks, Jarrett's name has surfaced within the state's tightly-knit political and financial circles as a viable possibility for the Senate slot, according to a highly-placed Obama source. Those discussions were confirmed by another high-level Democratic Party operative and corporate source.
An Obama presidential win would open up his Illinois senate seat and, under state law, Gov. Rod Blagojevich must name someone to serve Obama's remaining term.