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Roland Burris

Twelve Percent of the People Have Spoken

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

I started to doze off around 10:00 p.m. while Alexi Giannoulias was giving his acceptance speech. I'll have to double-check the transcript, but this is what I thought I heard.

Giannoulias And Kirk Means Illinois Senator Will No Longer Be Black

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinoisans have nine months to decide who will replace Roland Burris in the U.S. Senate. But we know one thing, as NBC Chicago pointed out Wednesday ...

Jesse Jackson Jr. Gives Quinn Endorsement: "Hynes Has No Constructive Message"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. joined Gov. Pat Quinn at a Rainbow PUSH forum Saturday and slammed Dan Hynes' recent television ads that showed former mayor Ha...

Jeff Muskus

Burris Threatens To Filibuster Health Care Without Public Option | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearing a tenuous agreement on health care reform that is likely to hobble or abandon the public option, Senate leaders now face another filibuster th...

Sam Stein

Roland Burris Reprimanded By Senate Ethics Committee | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Senate ethics committee issued a mild reprimand to Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill) on Friday after an investigation into his appointment to the U.S. Sena...

Roland Burris Still Under Senate Investigation

Chicago Sun-Times | NATASHA KORECKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris might be a lame duck, but the Senate's ethics committee isn't letting him out of its sights. ...

Illinois Democrats Need Obama's Help To Keep His Old Senate Seat

New York Times | James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Some Chicagoans grouse that President Obama has reneged on promises to return home regularly. Midway through a desultory, prickly United States Senate...

Ryan Grim

Bernie Sanders Pushes Back On Public Option | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While conservative members of the Democratic caucus threaten to block passage of health care reform if it includes a public health insurance option, a...

Burris Plants Himself At Center Of Health Care Fight

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — For Democrats determined to get a health care bill, Sen. Roland Burris is like the house guest who couldn't be refused, won't soon ...

Ryan Grim

Burris's 'Night Before Christmas': Senator Backs Reform With Rhyming Poem On Senate Floor (VIDEO) | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On the Senate floor Tuesday morning, Roland Burris (D-Ill.) chose an unusual way to demonstrate his support for health care reform legislation emergin...

Senator Roland Burris "Not Playing Games" On The Public Option

Cynthia Gordy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cynthia Gordy

As the Senate gears up for floor debate on its health care reform bill, Illinois Senator Roland Burris says he's through making concessions.

Jason Linkins

Senators Who Could And/Or Will Screw Up Health Care Reform | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harry Reid boldly announced the bill would contain something public option-esque. But will a reform bill that contains as limited a measure as the opt-out plan survive the Senate?

Harry Reid's Disingenuous Game

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

Reid knew, ahead of time, that Lieberman would kill any reform that contained anything resembling a public option and that he therefore would have to drop the public option in the end in order to secure passage of the larger bill.

Ryan Grim

Sealed With A Kiss: Dems Unite To Beat GOP Filibuster | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harry Reid sealed the biggest legislative victory of his career Saturday night with a kiss. And then a hug. Emotionally reserved doesn't begin to des...

Goodies Galore: Here's How to Cajole Roland Burris Into Voting for the Heath Care Bill

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

Whether he wins or not, maybe Sen. Burris could have "Nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize" carved on his much-ridiculed tombstone.

Memo to Sen. Burris: Grab Some Goodies for Illinois While the Grabbing's Still Good

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

Illinois, arguably among the most corrupt states in the union -- our governors tend to go to prison -- is teetering as close to insolvency as any senator's state.

When Can A Public Option Not Be A Public Option?

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

There are proposals for opt-out, opt-in, and "triggered" public options. What are Americans to think or to do? Let's get back to basics.

Jason Linkins

Roland Burris Basically Contributing Incoherent Babbling To The Senate | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

We really should take a minute today to appreciate the greatest contribution made by disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to America: the gift of Roland Burris.

Torn Apart By DOMA

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

One can only hope that quick passage of the UAFA will help people like Karla and Stacy have a fair shot at making a loving committed relationship work for the long term.

How Will Chicago Top Beijing's Olympics? Easy!

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Let's show the world what Chicago culture is all about with some new events: Relay races with plain white envelope hand-offs. Blame volleyball. Synchronized aldermen.

Burris Senate Appointment Still Being Challenged In Court

Progress Illinois | Angela Caputo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The controversy over Sen. Roland Burris' appointment to Illinois' junior senate seat may seem like a lifetime ago. But a group of well-known local att...

Ryan Grim

Baucus Bill: Rockefeller Says Dem Senators Are Not Pleased | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The health care bill that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) unveiled Wednesday without GOP support has no room for legislative error. Democratic Sen. Jay Rock...

Ethics Panel Defers Investigation On Jesse Jackson Jr.

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee said Wednesday it will put off for now an expanded investigation into whether Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or ...

Most Corrupt Congressmen: Blago Lands Burris, Jackson Jr. On List

Crain's Chicago Business | Paul Merrion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Their quest for the vacant U.S. Senate seat of President Barack Obama has landed Sen. Roland Burris and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on a watchdog grou...

Burris Definitely Not Running In 2010

The Hill | J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) on Wednesday backed away from an ambiguous statement he'd made last month on his 2010 election plans, saying he remains co...