Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday will name former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, sources familiar with the decision say.
Burris' appointment would fill President-elect Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Blagojevich is to announce his choice at a news conference at 3 p.m. ET.
Burris, 71, is African-American. Earlier this month, he said that despite the scandal associated with the seat, he wanted the job.
Burris does not have to be formally approved by the Senate to be appointed by Blagojevich. But the Senate could refuse to seat Burris, or it could seat him and investigate the manner in which he was appointed, and unseat him if senators discover any wrongdoing.
Two Democratic officials tell CNN that Senate Democratic leaders are planning to block Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris to the Senate seat.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has recently threatened not to seat anyone the governor appoints and has called for Blagojevich, a Democrat, to step down.
The governor was arrested this month on federal corruption charges and has since ignored calls to resign.
Where's Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson when you need 'em? Rod Blagojevich is NOT GUILTY of anything, he's being investigated for alleged wrongdoing with the opinion here being that he's also being scapegoated for the longstanding political corruption that exists in Illinois. As Governor, Blago has sole authority to fill Obama's old seat with anyone if his choosing. No matter how they try to spin it Harry Reid and his cronies have no right to try and block Roland Burris from a Senate chair. Right now the U.S. Senate has ZERO Black members, that's an embarrassment in of itself. Let's see how the leadership of the party in which 90% of Blacks vote looks if and when they attempt to block a Black man from serving on the Senate.