Spotlight on Burris

Sen. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT000007550" title="Roland Burris" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/roland-burris-PEPLT000007550.topic">Roland Burris</a> (D-Ill.) leaves after reading a statement to reporters at Illinois State University, in Bloomington/Normal, Ill. Burris has now acknowledged he sought to raise campaign funds for former Ill. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007479" title="Rod Blagojevich" href="/topic/politics-government/government/rod-blagojevich-PEPLT007479.topic">Gov. Rod Blagojevich</a> at the request of the governor's brother, at the same time Burris was making a pitch to be appointed to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000001" title="United States" href="/topic/politics-government/government/national-government/united-states-ORGOV0000001.topic">the U.S.</a> Senate. Rod Blagojevich went on to appoint Burris to fill <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007408" title="Barack Obama" href="/topic/politics-government/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic">President Barack Obama</a>'s vacated Senate seat.

( Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James / February 17, 2009 )

Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) leaves after reading a statement to reporters at Illinois State University, in Bloomington/Normal, Ill. Burris has now acknowledged he sought to raise campaign funds for former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the request of the governor's brother, at the same time Burris was making a pitch to be appointed to the U.S. Senate. Rod Blagojevich went on to appoint Burris to fill President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.

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