The Chicago Tribune reports that Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected today to name former Illinois Attorney Gen. Roland Burris, the first African-American to win statewide office in 1978, to replace President-elect Obama in the Senate. The move comes after Democratic leaders criticized the prospect of Blagojevich going ahead with the appointment process. “No appointment by this governor under these circumstances could produce a credible replacement,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said this month. Burris reportedly “stepped up his efforts to win the governor’s support” in the days following Blagojevich’s arrest.
,Progress Illinois notes that when news broke of Blagojevich’s improprieties, Burris condemned the governor’s actions as “pretty appalling” and “just reprehensible.”