Roland Burris, this is your life, pt. 2

Roland Burris, this is your life, pt. 2

Posted by JP on Thu, 01/08/2009 - 10:07

Today’s shaping up as a hectic one.
First, the impeachment committee’s report goes online at before I have time to finish this post (9 a.m.)
That committee convenes this afternoon at 3 p.m. to continue proceedings, which can also be watched at
The key witness today is supposed to be Roland Burris, the governor’s pick to serve out the remainder of President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate term, but who’s been blocked because of the ethical and criminal cloud hanging over Gov. Blagojevich. Burris and Blagojevich say the governor’s woes should have no bearing on Burris joining the U.S. Senate.

We’ve been digging into the old Burris files since he’s been out of government and the news for quite a while – despite numerous attempts to get elected back in – and here’s part 2 of “Roland Burris, this is your life” compiled by Daily Herald Springfield staffer Dan Carden.

Burris attended former Gov. George Ryan’s official statehouse portrait unveiling in November 2003. Here’s an excerpt from the Bloomington Pantagraph’s story.

And former Attorney General Roland Burris, a Chicago Democrat, said Ryan's word was his bond. "Whatever George told you, you could take it to the bank," Burris said.

That unveiling also produced this moment that suddenly seems relevant. Here's an excerpt from the Springfield State Journal-Register ...

Blagojevich, who won election in 2002 citing the need to change the way government operated under Ryan, sat in the first row and said later he gave no speech because he hadn't been asked to.
Ryan said that someday, there will be a similar unveiling for Blagojevich.
"I hope somebody shows up," Blagojevich quipped.
Ryan joked that his successor probably would at least have family members there.

It wasn’t the only time Burris and Ryan were connected. Burris' name showed up on the infamous "clout list" kept by George Ryan's top man Scott Fawell.
"What those on 'clout list' wanted" -- Sun-Times, Jan. 31, 2003

Former Attorney General Roland Burris: Clerk job and promotion for Kimula Burris

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