02/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Ally Giannoulias Considering Burris Challenge

One of President Obama's close friends and basketball buddies is considering a campaign against Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) in the Democratic primary.

Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is holding conversations with leading Illinois Democrats in preparation for a possible candidacy, according to a Democratic operative familiar with his decision-making process.

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