03/29/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Burris Gets Support From City Council's Black Caucus

CHICAGO - Some Chicago aldermen say calls for Sen. Roland Burris' resignation are unfair and politically motivated.

Members of the City Council's Black Caucus held a news conference Thursday to defend Burris, the nation's only black senator.

It was one of the most public displays of support since controversy erupted over whether Burris lied about the circumstances of his appointment by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The ousted governor is accused of trying to sell the seat. Burris recently revealed that he tried, unsuccessfully, to raise money for Blagojevich.

Sixth Ward Alderman Freddrenna (fred-REHN'-uh) Lyle says calls for Burris' resignation are unfair because white politicians have not been similarly targeted after accusations of wrongdoing.