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UPDATE: Ill. Governor Names Burris to Replace Obama

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Rod Blagojevich has defied U.S. Senate
leaders and his own state's lawmakers by appointing former Illinois
Attorney General Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack
Obama in the U.S. Senate.
Blagojevich announced his decision in Chicago on Tuesday with
the 71-year-old Burris at his side.
The governor praised Burris' integrity and said he hopes that
the allegations against him don't "taint this good and honest
man."
Burris says he's eager to get to work in Washington. He says
he's proud of his accomplishments and vowed to uphold the integrity
of the office.
Burris says he has no connection to the charges against
Blagojevich, who was arrested on Dec. 9 and accused of trying to
profit from appointing Obama's replacement.
Burris was the first African-American elected to major statewide
office. He's served as Illinois' comptroller and ran for governor
three times - the last time losing to Blagojevich.

CHICAGO (AP) - Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has
scheduled an afternoon news conference amid reports that he plans
to name someone to Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
Blagojevich was arrested earlier this month on charges that he
tried to sell or trade the seat to the highest bidder.
Citing unnamed sources, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday
that Blagojevich plans to appoint 71-year-old former Illinois
Attorney General Roland Burris. Senate leaders have said they will
not seat anyone Blagojevich names.
Blagojevich has scheduled a 3 p.m. EST news conference. His
spokesman Lucio Guerrero declined to say what the Democratic
governor plans to discuss.
The governor has denied wrongdoing and has vowed to remain in
office.


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