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Illinois Governor Asks Burris To Resign

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      Illinois Governor Asks Burris To Resign
      Senator Continues To Defend Blagojevich Contact
      Friday, February 20, 2009 – updated: 11:19 am MST February 20, 2009

      Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday called for fellow Democrat Roland Burris to resign from the U.S. Senate for "the good of state."

      Quinn said his fellow Democrat, Burris, is an honorable man. But he said controversy surrounding Burris' appointment has cast a shadow over his service in the Senate.

      The governor said a new senator should be chosen by a special election.

      Burris initially said there was no discussion of him doing Gov. Rod Blagojevich any favors in exchange for the appointment. But Burris later acknowledged he did discuss the vacant seat with the governor's friends and allies. He said he was asked to raise money for Blagojevich but couldn't find anyone willing to contribute.

      A Chicago minister said he and other black pastors who previously supported Burris also plan to ask him to resign.

      Earlier in the week, Burris asked attendees at a City Club of Chicago luncheon to stop the rush to judgment over his interactions with aides to Blagojevich.

      Burris reiterated again that he'd done nothing wrong and had nothing to hide. He pledged to fully cooperate with the Sangamon County state's attorney's investigation into his contacts with the Blagojevich administration.

      Burris stressed that he didn't contribute to the ousted governor after being contacted by Blagojevich's brother.

      But it's unclear how much more the public will hear from Burris on the scandal. The Democrat said he'll no longer speak with the media.
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