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Illinois Treasurer Giannoulias Calls For Burris' Resignation

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CHICAGO - Add Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (jeh-NOO'-lee-ehs) to the roster of those calling for Sen. Roland Burris to resign.

In a Friday news release, Giannoulias says Burris' statements before the Illinois House committee considering the impeachment of then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich were misleading and that he "violated the public's trust."

His statement comes the same day Gov. Pat Quinn said Burris should step down.

Burris has come under fire amid revelations that he had more contact with Blagojevich's advisers before he was selected than he disclosed in his testimony.

Giannoulias has had a close association with President Barack Obama, and his name had been mentioned as a possible successor to Obama in the Senate for months, even before Obama's election.