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January 13, 2009 | Jill Zuckman and Christi Parsons
His appointment finally endorsed by U.S. Senate leadership, Roland Burris said Monday he expects to be sworn in this week as Barack Obama's replacement. Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, extended an olive branch to the Democrats who had stood in his way after he was nominated by embattled Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. He singled out for thanks two of his foremost opponents, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois.
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July 10, 2009 | John Chase and Rick Pearson
Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.), who was appointed to President Obama's onetime seat by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, is expected to announce today that he will not seek a full term in 2010, sources close to the lawmaker said. The decision by Burris, 71, is an acknowledgment that the prospects of raising the millions of dollars needed to mount a statewide campaign were dubious in the face of widespread criticism over how he got the job.
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January 8, 2009 | Mike Dorning
After days of distracting controversy -- and a quiet request from President-elect Barack Obama -- Senate Democrats opened a path Wednesday toward ushering Roland Burris into the seat vacated by Obama. A top Senate Democratic source said Obama's concerns were among several factors that resulted in an about-face by Senate leaders, who had vowed to reject Burris or anyone else appointed by disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. Obama told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.
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May 28, 2009 | Chicago Tribune
Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that his comments about donating money to then-Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's campaign fund in November were intended only to "placate" the governor's brother and keep Burris' Senate prospects alive. The telephone conversation between Burris and Robert Blagojevich, secretly recorded by the FBI as part of a federal corruption probe, became public Tuesday when a state judge released a transcript to the Senate Ethics Committee.
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February 21, 2009 | Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia
Support for U.S. Sen. Roland Burris crumbled Friday, as fellow Democrats from his home state of Illinois and from Washington pushed for his ouster: Gov. Pat Quinn called for his resignation, his chief of staff walked out the door and the White House urged him to use the weekend to contemplate "what lays in his future." But Burris, who took office a little more than a month ago after his controversial appointment by then-Gov. Rod R.
OPINION
February 19, 2009
If Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) had been appointed by any governor other than Rod R. Blagojevich, his dissembling on whether he tried to raise funds for his benefactor might not be fatal. But when the governor is recorded saying of the open seat that "I'm just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing," any appointee of his had better be beyond criticism and totally forthcoming. Burris is neither, and he should step down.
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February 15, 2009 | John Chase and Rick Pearson
Roland Burris has changed his story again about what happened before then-Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich appointed the Democrat to the U.S. Senate. State Republican leaders said Saturday that they wanted an investigation into whether Burris perjured himself.
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January 5, 2009 | Mike Dorning
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the possibility Sunday that former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris might serve in the Senate despite the aggressive opposition of Democratic leaders to his appointment by a scandal-tarnished governor. "I'm an old trial lawyer. There's always room to negotiate," said Reid, a Nevada Democrat, on NBC's "Meet the Press." When pressed by host David Gregory on whether there was a possibility Burris might ultimately be seated, Reid responded, "That's right."
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January 14, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Roland Burris will be sworn in as a U.S. senator Thursday, ending the saga of his appointment by impeached Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. Vice President Dick Cheney, in his role as president of the Senate, will do the honors. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the assistant majority leader who initially blocked the appointment on the grounds that anyone Blagojevich appointed would be tainted, will hold a reception in Burris' honor. Blagojevich faces federal corruption charges, including that he tried to sell the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
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January 16, 2009 | James Oliphant
Marking the end of a bizarre political odyssey, Roland Burris was sworn in as the junior senator from Illinois on Thursday, taking his place among a body that not long ago vowed to bar him from its ranks. Burris took the oath of office in the Senate chamber, a little more than week after Democrats rejected him because he was appointed by embattled Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois to fill the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
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May 27, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Roland Burris promised to "personally do something" for Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund while pressing the then-Illinois governor to appoint him to President Obama's former Senate seat, according to a wiretap transcript. "Tell Rod to keep me in mind for that seat, would ya?" Burris tells Robert Blagojevich, who headed his brother's campaign fund, in a Nov. 13 phone call secretly taped by the FBI. The remark came after Robert Blagojevich urged Burris to "keep me in mind, and you know if you guys can just write checks that'd be fine."
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March 29, 2009 | Associated Press
A list of people targeted for contributions by former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's campaign committee included four possible candidates for appointment to President Obama's vacant Senate seat, according to a published newspaper report. The Chicago Sun-Times obtained the Friends of Blagojevich committee's list and posted it on the newspaper's website Saturday. It's dated Dec.
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February 25, 2009 | Mike Dorning
Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) told the chamber's No. 2 Democrat Tuesday during a closed-door meeting that he would not resign over questions surrounding his appointment by and fundraising for impeached Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. Sen. Richard J. Durbin, who is the senior senator from Illinois as well as assistant majority leader, said that Burris also refused to reveal whether he planned to seek election in 2010.
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February 21, 2009 | Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia
Support for U.S. Sen. Roland Burris crumbled Friday, as fellow Democrats from his home state of Illinois and from Washington pushed for his ouster: Gov. Pat Quinn called for his resignation, his chief of staff walked out the door and the White House urged him to use the weekend to contemplate "what lays in his future." But Burris, who took office a little more than a month ago after his controversial appointment by then-Gov. Rod R.
OPINION
February 19, 2009
If Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) had been appointed by any governor other than Rod R. Blagojevich, his dissembling on whether he tried to raise funds for his benefactor might not be fatal. But when the governor is recorded saying of the open seat that "I'm just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing," any appointee of his had better be beyond criticism and totally forthcoming. Burris is neither, and he should step down.
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February 19, 2009 | David G. Savage
Though Roland Burris had some trouble being admitted to the U.S. Senate, he will not be easily expelled now that he has arrived. It takes a vote of two-thirds of the senators to oust a member, and the last senators to be formally expelled were charged with supporting the rebels during the Civil War. "It's a collegial body that doesn't like to police its members," said Donald A. Ritchie, the Senate's associate historian. "It prefers to leave that to the voters and to the courts."
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January 7, 2009 | Mike Dorning
Roland Burris gained a powerful ally in his bid to replace President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday when Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California urged the Senate to seat him, arguing that his appointment was lawful. Her stance could strengthen Burris' position as he meets with Senate leaders today. Burris, appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, came to the Capitol to be sworn in with other senators Tuesday but was barred from the Senate floor.
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February 16, 2009 | Rick Pearson and Janet Hook
Sen. Roland Burris tried Sunday to quell new questions about his controversial appointment to the Senate, insisting he shouldn't be blamed for only recently detailing his conversations about the job with five associates of disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. The Chicago Democrat said he didn't provide a full explanation because nobody pressed the point during his sworn testimony last month to Illinois House lawmakers who impeached Blagojevich.
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February 15, 2009 | John Chase and Rick Pearson
Roland Burris has changed his story again about what happened before then-Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich appointed the Democrat to the U.S. Senate. State Republican leaders said Saturday that they wanted an investigation into whether Burris perjured himself.
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