Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris (right) speaks as former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich looks on during a news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, in Chicago. Appointed by Blagojevich to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Barack Obama won the presidency, Burris now finds himself in hot water after admitting that he'd had more contact with Blagojevich about the open Senate seat than he described under oath to an impeachment panel, and after it was revealed that Burris had tried to raise money for the former governor. (AP photo/M. Spencer Green)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An increasingly embattled U.S. Sen. Roland Burris said he “welcomes” the chance for authorities and elected officials to look into how he landed a coveted Senate appointment from ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The first race card of the Obama era is now in play. In an apparent bid to save his political life — or perhaps just irritate and confound his enemies — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is trying to wedge a black man into the all-white Senate. On Tuesday, Blagojevich’s choice, Roland Burris, was turned away on Capitol Hill when he tried to take his seat. More »
The new Democratic-controlled Congress opened for business at the stroke of noon, eager to join President-elect Barack Obama in tackling the worst economic crisis in generations. Democrat Roland Burris of Illinois was not among them — informed he would not be seated because his paperwork was not in order, the latest twist in a political drama that began when he was appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is charged with having attempted to sell the seat. More »
City Councilor Chuck Turner also attempted to frame his ordeal within the context of recent trials of high-profile politicians, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was recently impeached and removed from office in connection with federal corruption charges. More »