CHICAGO
04/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Quinn Backs Off Burris Special Election Push

CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn says it's time to move on from the flap over embattled U.S. Sen. Roland Burris and focus on the economy.

Quinn wants a special election for the Senate position, but said Monday he doesn't think that can happen unless and until Burris quits.

Burris has defied calls for resignation. He's being scrutinized over the circumstances of his Senate appointment by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and has changed his story several times. Burris denies wrongdoing.

Blagojevich was removed from office and faces criminal charges alleging he tried to profit from filling the Senate seat once belonging to President Barack Obama.

Quinn met Monday with black elected officials on Chicago's West Side, including U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.

Quinn says most of the meeting was about economic recovery.