03/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Daley May Run For Burris Senate Seat: Report

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary and mayoral brother Bill Daley is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Roland Burris, Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reports:

Sneed is told Daley plans to emerge as a major contestant for the controversial Senate seat once held by Barack Obama; now held by the embattled Roland Burris!

The stats: Daley, who will trade on his stature and experience, has already talked to potential fund-raisers and plans to make an announcement in mid-April.

A Senate bid, as Sneed notes, would potentially pit Daley against State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a Democratic rising star being pushed by Sen. Dick Durbin, and Chicago Urban League CEO Cheryle Jackson.

Daley had publicly weighed a 2010 gubernatorial run but shelved his plans after Rod Blagojevich was impeached.