Chicago IG steps down to enter Senate race

August 26, 2009 2:10:01 PM PDT
Chicago's top government watchdog has quit his job so he can run for President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman says he's in the race for the Democratic nomination for the seat Senator Roland Burris now holds.

Burris, a Democrat, is not seeking a full term.

Hoffman, a 42-year-old former federal prosecutor, joins a Democratic primary field that's likely to include two others. First-term State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has already announced his candidacy and Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson is expected to formally enter the race next month.

Republican Congressman Mark Kirk has also announced his candidacy.

Hoffman's announcement was released on