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[December 06, 2008]  CHICAGO (AP) -- One of President-elect Barack Obama's political mentors in Illinois says he's interested in taking over his U.S. Senate seat.

Retiring Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, a Democrat from Chicago, mentioned his interest in the position Friday during a taping of WBBM Radio's "At Issue" program.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich will select Obama's replacement, and Jones is a longtime ally of the Democratic governor.

Jones, who is black, says the vacancy should be filled by an African-American.

Blagojevich has said he'd like to make an announcement before Christmas.

[Associated Press]

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