Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) said over the weekend that he's been encouraged to consider running for mayor of Chicago.

According to multiple reports, Burris said at a forum organized by the Chicago Coalition for Mayor over the weekend that he'd run if that group, which is looking to find a consensus African-American candidate, decides he'd be the best candidate.

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Burris's tumultuous Senate term will come to an end later this year after the winner of the Illinois Senate race between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Rep. Mark KirkMark KirkGiffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns Stale, misguided, divisive: minimum wage can't win elections Immigration critics find their champion in Trump MORE (R) is sworn in. The Nov. 2 contest doubles as a special election, meaning the new senator will be sworn in before most general election winners take office in January 2011.

The Chicago Coalition for Mayor is hoping to recruit a black candidate to enter the mayoral race to replace the retiring Mayor Richard Daley (D). Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has already thrown his hat into the ring, and several other prominent lawmakers are said to be considering a run. Along with Burris, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) were in attendance at the forum, according to a report by a local ABC affiliate.

If Burris were to run, he'd enter the race with some political baggage from his time in the Senate. Burris won an appointment from the scandal-plagued former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) under murky circumstances, and Burris had almost been forced to resign after he had allegedly promised to raise funds for Blagojevich in exchange for the appointment.

In related news, a Chicago Fox affiliate reported on Monday that Burris formally endorsed Giannoulias as his successor in the Senate.