CHICAGO
04/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hispanic Leaders Say They Support Burris Despite Controversy

Hispanic leaders in Chicago have met with Democrat Roland Burris and say they support him despite outstanding questions about his appointment to the U.S. Senate by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

About a dozen community leaders sat down with Burris at his Chicago office Monday morning.

Afterward, one participant, Carlos Arango, told reporters that Hispanics want to put the controversy surrounding Illinois' junior senator behind them and work with Burris.

Another community leader, Omar Lopez, says immigration and housing came up at the meeting. But he says no one broached the issue of Burris' appointment.

Burris didn't speak to reporters after the meeting. But Burris spokeswoman Audrey Till described the meeting as a "listening session."