Illinois comptroller

Democrat Roland Burris (center), is congratulated by Chicago Ald. Eugene Sawyer (left), and other well-wishers in November 1978 after Burris defeated Republican banker John Castle for the office of Illinois comptroller. Burris became the first black elected to a major state office.

( AP archive photo / November 9, 1978 )

Democrat Roland Burris (center), is congratulated by Chicago Ald. Eugene Sawyer (left), and other well-wishers in November 1978 after Burris defeated Republican banker John Castle for the office of Illinois comptroller. Burris became the first black elected to a major state office.

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