1/22/2010 12:00 AM
Exclusive: ACORN Qualifies for Funding in Senate Health Care Bill
"Senator Roland Burris is claiming credit for a provision in Harry Reid's "manager's amendment," unveiled Saturday morning, that could funnel money to ACORN through the health care bill."
12/21/2009 12:00 AM
"On December 9, Burris, an Illinois Democrat, pledged that he would filibuster a health care bill without a public option. "If we have to get 60 and it comes back and it does not have a public option in it, I will not vote for it," he said. Then early last week he said he could vote for the bill if there were changes made to achieve the goals of the public option: "until this bill addresses cost, competition, and accountability in a meaningful way—it will not win [my vote]."
Burris Pushes Back
12/15/2009 12:00 AM
"Senator Roland W. Burris, Democrat of Illinois, has vowed that he will not vote for a health care bill that does not include a government-run insurance plan, or public option."
"Senator Roland W. Burris And on Monday, after Democrats indicated that they were prepared to meet the demands of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and strip the last vestige of a public option from their bill, Mr. Burris went to the Senate floor to warn that he had not committed to vote for the legislation."
Chicago Out Of Contention For 2016 Olympics Senator Rowland Burris Blames Bush
10/4/2009 12:00 AM
"Senator Rowland Burris of Illinois, the Senator who was appointed to fill President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, blames George Bush for Chicago not getting the Olympics in 2016. Burris stated in an interview, shortly after the announcement, that the image of the U. S. has been so tarnished in the last 8 years that, even Barack Obama making an unprecedented pitch for the games could not overcome the hatred the world has for us as a result of George Bush. Wow! "
15 Most Corrupt Members of Congress : Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
"Kevin Bogardus // The Hill - Sens. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) have been added to a watchdog's annual list of the most corrupt members of Congress."
9/17/2009 12:00 AM
Democracy Without Elections
"...four of the 100 members of the Senate got there without the consent of the governed."
8/13/2009 12:00 AM
"Among these unfortunates are the people of Illinois. Not only did they have no say on their new senator, but they are stuck with a risible appointee, Roland Burris, named by a governor, Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached for his corrupt selection methods."
"For most of our history, the public had no say on the upper house. Senators were chosen by state legislatures. Not until the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913 did voters gain the right to elect them."
"The amendment also provided a democratic means to fill empty seats. "When vacancies happen in the representation of any state in the Senate," it decrees, "the executive authority of such state shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies." Shall issue: Put simply, the governor has to convene a special election. But confusion arises because the amendment says the legislature may authorize the governor "to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct."
Top aide to Blagojevich plans to run for US Senate
"A political rookie who was a top aide to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Monday that she intends to run for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama."
8/10/2009 12:00 AM
"Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson's entry into the race makes her the best-known black candidate to seek the seat that has been held by three of the nation's four black senators in modern times. The Senate's only black member - Roland Burris - currently holds it. He is not seeking a full term because of fundraising troubles."
Burris didn't disclose stock options
6/25/2009 12:00 AM
"...Burris spokesman Jim O'Connor told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday that the senator plans to amend his financial statement to reflect the unexercised options in Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Corp..."