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jennifer / February 24, 2009 11:18 PM


R / February 24, 2009 11:56 PM

I think Burris has been a total disappointment--but if you want to talk about politicians who should resign, look no further than the mayor. Daley has repeatedly lied, diverted funds meant for the public into personal slush funds and sold out the city to private interests. And we only get pissed at him when our street doesn't get shoveled after a heavy snowstorm.

mike-ts / February 24, 2009 11:58 PM

No! I think it's only illegal to (allegedly) sell a Senate seat, not to (allegedly) buy one. But I'll have to get back with you on that one.

We need that YouTube dude to make a crying plea to "Leave Roland Burris ALONE!"

Steven / February 25, 2009 1:00 AM

This is a tough one. On the one hand, Burris' presence in the Senate is a diversion from pressing economic matters. On the other hand, Burris' presence in the Senate is a diversion from pressing economic matters. I suppose it depends upon whether you take your politics seriously or with a bowl of popcorn. I say, pass the salt.

Ubi est mea? / February 25, 2009 6:45 AM

Not until he gets his, DUH.

ps. If I were doing the historical Illinois senator rankings today, I would rank Burris right between William Lorimer and Barack Obama.

flange / February 25, 2009 9:25 AM

i agree with r. the question is moot in a city that continues to vote for daley.

m / February 25, 2009 9:39 AM

Yes. But since that'll never happen, I say the more these monsters make a laughingstock of our city and state in the short term, the better I hope things turn out in the long run.

Boland Rurris / February 25, 2009 9:47 AM

Nah, it's all good! Let the man do what he was elected to do: to represent the interests and wishes of the people of Illinois.

Rol on!

Good Luck / February 25, 2009 9:58 AM

Get rid of him.

Since every national politician that IL produces turns out to be scum and corrupt, I'm thinking IL should be sanctioned like a college that broke NCAA rules.

Maybe IL should only be allowed one senator for the next four years. Its not like we had representation when Mr. "Present" had the seat.

Why have IL politicians screw things up for the rest of the country?

Cheryl / February 25, 2009 10:55 AM


Carlotta / February 25, 2009 10:57 AM

If I were a Republican I'd be all for Burris staying on, it increases the likelihood of Peter Roskam being sworn in as U.S. Senator in January 2011. Yuck.

JasonB / February 25, 2009 5:58 PM

only if he's replaced by Mr. T or Vince Vaughn.

Christine / February 26, 2009 8:31 AM

Yes, he should resign. He was never elected nor should Rod been able to make an appointment given his situation at the time. Let the people vote!

V / February 26, 2009 10:11 AM

I wonder if this news report changes any coments here:

The son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich five months ago, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Blagojevich's administration hired Roland W. Burris II (right) as a senior counsel for the state's housing authority Sept. 10 -- about six weeks after the Internal Revenue Service slapped a $34,163 tax lien on Burris II and three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side house.

karen / February 26, 2009 10:39 AM

hell yes. he should have never been allowed to take the seat in the first place.

Brian / February 26, 2009 12:35 PM

Burris is an em-burris-ment. Resign, Roland!

C / February 26, 2009 1:43 PM

If he will shut up and promise not to run in 2010 then I say it's ok. Otherwise he should resign

Val / February 26, 2009 2:00 PM

I think HOW he joined was an indication that it wasn't OK.

Just another name in the Windy City's cesspool of corruption.

And he's Winnie the Pooh

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