Obama's former Senate seat and the governor's office are up for grabs in 2010. The GOP is likely to emerge from the Illinois primary on Tuesday with candidates who can compete well in this blue state.
Idea of transferring Guantánamo detainees to a prison in Illinois has backing of state's top Democrats, but Republican congressmen balk.
Blagojevich's replacement, known as populist with an unassuming manner, has inherited a state government in crisis.
As Illinois state senators decided his political fate, Blagojevich played the national media
The Illinois governor's impeachment trial may open Monday without the defendant or his lawyers.
The would-be senator from Illinois, named by a tainted governor, vows to fight on.