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Senate lawyers close on Burris decision - Chicago Breaking News

Senate lawyers close on Burris decision - Chicago Breaking News: “WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday it was likely that former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris would be seated as the state's newest senator this week after a legal review of new paperwork regarding the Senate appointment.

The review Monday by Senate legal counsel marks the latest twist in the on-again, off-again seating of Burris, who was appointed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich three weeks after the now-impeached Illinois governor was arrested on federal corruption charges that include allegations he attempted to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. While it appeared the Senate was closer Sunday to seating Burris, there are potential hitches.

Senate Democrats spent about 30 minutes discussing Burris' situation in a closed-door meeting Sunday that resulted in Obama's chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, cooling his heels in a Senate hallway waiting to discuss the president-elect's economic recovery package.

"This thing changes by the day," Durbin said, explaining why he and his colleagues spent such a long time discussing the matter.

Durbin, who ranks second in Democratic leadership, told the Tribune that a decision by the Senate legal counsel was expected Monday and that Burris, the first African-American elected to statewide office in Illinois, likely would be seated this week.”

-- I maintain that Burris should not have worked with the tainted Blago.
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