Local Leaders Support Burris for Senate

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

"For two years, every conversation about the appointee, it will be the Governor's appointee," says State Senator Dave Syverson.

It will be tough for Roland Burris to shake the stigma of how he got into office. But several lawmakers say they'd rather see him serve Illinois in the Senate, than not have a representative at all.

"This was the right decision to make, it was the legal decision to make and while I"m not necessarily pleased about it, we need to make sure we're following the law," Syverson says.

"It's awfully important for us to have a full complement of Senators representing us in Illinois we've got major things going on, wars faltering and tumultuous economy and many other major issues," says Rockford College Political Science Professor John McNamara.

Some fear if Burris is confirmed, it gives Governor Rod Blagojevich's Defense Attorney more ammo. But those investigating a possible impeachment say not at all.

"It won't effect the Impeachment Committee whatsoever. I believe by the end of this week, our work would be complete," says State Representative Jim Sacia.

The Illinois House could vote on impeachment as early as Friday. Then the State Senate heads to Springfield January 26th. Where it'll discuss kicking Blagojevich out of office

If Burris is accepted, some democrats feel it would be best if he didn't run in 2010. They say since he lost his race for Governor, U.S. Senate and Mayor of Chicago, he'd risk losing the seat to a Republican.

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