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Illinois GOP Chief: Senate Should Boot Burris If He Won't Resign

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The head of the Illinois Republican Party says the U.S. Senate should kick Roland Burris out of office since he won't resign.

Republican chairman Andy McKenna says the Senate should immediately take steps to remove Burris.

He's also calling on Illinois Democrats to pass legislation that would end Burris' Senate appointment and set up a special election to replace him.

Burris was appointed by former governor Rod Blagojevich, who was later removed from office. Burris has offered differing accounts of his contact with Blagojevich aides before being appointed.

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said Tuesday that Burris should think about resigning, but Burris has repeatedly rejected the idea.