Democratic officials prepare to select Frerichs' Senate replacement

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign County and Vermilion County Democratic party officials say they're getting ready to choose Treasurer-elect Mike Frerichs' successor in the Illinois Senate.

Frerichs is set to become Illinois Treasurer on Monday, but still has two years left on his state Senate term.  Officials say they will interview as many as 13 people for the job on Wednesday, with the final selection being made later this month.

According to Champaign County Democratic Chairman Al Klein, the names of the applicants will not be released until Wednesday night's meeting, and that a college student, an auctioneer, and several politicians are among the group of applicants. 

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