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File photo - Sen. Roland Burris ( D-Ill.) on Capitol Hill, June 24, 2009. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Illinois Sen. Roland Burris (D) will not seek a full term in 2010, according to an informed Democratic strategist, a decision that was all-but-certain given the appointed senator's ties to former governor Rod Blagojevich.

Burris had refused to make any commitment about his future plans until today although his ever-changing story regarding his relationship with the disgraced former governor and his non-existent fundraising during the first three months of the year led savvy strategists to conclude he would not (or could not) run.

The race had passed Burris by with speculation centering on whether or not Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) would run. (She decided against doing so earlier this week.)

With Burris formally out of the race, the Democratic slate is likely to come down to state Treasurer Alexi Giannnoulias and Merchandise Mart CEO Chris Kennedy. Republicans face the possibility of a primary of their own with Rep. Mark Kirk in the race and Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna weighing a bid.

While Burris's retirement has little practical impact on the race -- for the reasons mentioned above -- it does save the White House and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee a potential headache since they would almost certainly not have supported Burris in the primary, a move that could have led some in the African American community to question the party's motives.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2009; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  Blagojevich , Senate  
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Good. Probably for the best. You'd never see a Republicon doing this. Nothing against Burris, his only "crime" was being appinted by Blago.

Posted by: gce1356 | July 11, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Chris your title "Burris To Retire" and following story leaves much to desire. It would be helpful if you included what retirement means to the taxpayer. Does that mean he actually receives a monthly retirement check, extended health benefits, life insurance coverage and more?

Posted by: Sundance5 | July 10, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

msgbill:

I believe the issue is whether Sen. Burris lied about not paying for his appointment.

Posted by: JakeD | July 10, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

One would hope this is wishful thinking by Durbin and his cronies.
What did Burris do that he should be forced out?
Please do not drink the Kool Aide (connection to Rod Blagojevich) Durbin is still upset, because Burris out “POLITICED” the chosen.
It certainly cannot be out of fear of losing the seat to the GOP and their supporting cast of Fox News, Rush, Hannity, Pailin, Sanford and Ensign. If that is the case then the Party has more pressing issues than Burris.
Kool Aide factor: The removal of Burris removes the TAINT is that not fuzzy logic, the seat is stilled tainted—only this time Durbin gets to do the exact same thing (Political favors B***S***) that Blagojevich was accused of doing—taint is taint.

Posted by: msgbill | July 10, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Burris got what he wanted: to be able to put U.S. Senator on his self-serving marble slab. Why would he put himself through a real election?

Posted by: jckdoors | July 10, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

It was obvious from the begining that Mr. Burris would not seek re-election, otherwise why bother to investigate him, when the allegations of perjury arose. It is sad that our government is becoming a joke and a government equal to a banana republic.

Posted by: kyprios9281 | July 10, 2009 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations on doing a post without the quotes. Honestly I didn't think you could manage it

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

See what I mean?

Posted by: JakeD | July 10, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

What is it with you and that stupid sneer-quote thing, "Jake?" Do you have any idea how much you'v worn it out? It's like that's the only trick you have.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 1:11 AM | Report abuse

sverigegrabb:

I haven't posted any "bile" on this thread. Compare that to "chrisfox8".

Posted by: JakeD | July 10, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

@sverigegrabb: free speech doesn't include the right to hijack someone else's soapbox.

Online forums that aren't willing to ban trolls will always be overrun by them. Their work is easier than the actual posters'. And since they like negative attention as much as positive, there's no insulting them away. I mean, look how many times those two have gotten caught dissembling, and not only do they come back, but they come back with the same lies all over again.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

chrisfox8:

In principle, I'm tempted to agree with you. Of course, there's the 'free speech' thing, but one hopes that a bit of self-restraint might cause people to 'police' themselves.

This particular thread, however, is so filled with bile, I fear it will start oozing out over my keyboard.

To DuffyD: I'm tempted to question the origin of that 'Shuffling Joe' remark.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 10, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

I know. It's as if someone came out and said all economics is crap.

Posted by: DDAWD

==
Watch This Space.

I had a long talk today with a guy at work who told me some very illuminating things about the Dismal Science. He had a graduate degree in it and he said that most of what we hear from economists is not economics but paid positions; he says there is an underlying science that has some reality base but that in application the rules are ignored.

Most illuminating thing he said: using money as the sole metric of value is not an idea native to economics, but an imposition carried out by its paid practitioners. Paid, do I need add, by people with a vested interest in ignoring most of the rules.

I have to think about this.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 10, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Burris is resigning...that's nice.


How about some of those Republican "family values" hypocrites (Vitter, Sanford, ensign)? When are they going to bite the bullet?


Oh, that's right, I forgot the GooPer motto - IT'S OK IF YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN!

Posted by: DrainYou | July 9, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

When Burris retires the other black senators should close ranks to better represent their constituents. What? He's the only one?

Posted by: seemstome | July 9, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Whadja expect from an Illinois politician? BTW folks (just to make your day) "Shuffling Joe" (Roland) Burris gets the full retirement magilla - life-time pay and bennies befitting any sworn-in New Nighted States Senator. Enough to make you dip a snuff, eh?

Posted by: DuffyD | July 9, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope SOMEONE with an even-handed approach will take control of the Comments section soon--your efforts deserve better than this!

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Getting rid of a mere two people would go a long long way to making things better around here

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Somebody should get JakeD Off of Palin before he becomes a Palintologist.
He probably has Palin wallpaper and a strong grip in his right hand but a loose grip on reality.

Posted by: seemstome | July 9, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Gov. Palin, a (sub) title to one of her upcoming books should be "Four and a Half Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice". She will have the last laugh.

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Oh come on do you really think she's could write a book? I doubt she's even read one since high school.

You watch, her upcoming "book" is going to have a "with" after her name.

I'm sure it'll be as accurate as Mr. T's autobiography. And loaded with self-pity. I bet you'll buy it (kinda like ... paying union dues, right?) and you'll cry a few times while reading it.

Markdown bin, here we come!

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

At least he'll be able to say, "I took a dump in the Senate bathroom! My life is complete!"

Posted by: bendan2000 | July 9, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Only wish we could get rid of Obama that easily.

Yeah, let's bring back Dubya and Cheney...Heck, for fun, let's throw Palin in there somewhere...lmao

Posted by: mykaladrian | July 9, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"First of all, I hope you meant to say "99," because the suggestion that every Democrat is corrupt but every Republican lily-white is more than a little bizarre, given the recent string of Republican meltdowns.

Second, the belief that absolutely everyone in government is corrupt is the kind of talk that belongs in a blue-collar tavern, not in this blog.

I mean, really, *everyone*?

Posted by: chrisfox8 "

I know. It's as if someone came out and said all economics is crap.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 9, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

I was going to add a comment, but after having read the vicious and mean-spirited comments in the thread, I've changed my mind.

I hope SOMEONE with an even-handed approach will take control of the Comments section soon--your efforts deserve better than this!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 9, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the tide is turning. Obama is incompetant. Peloony is cocoo and a liar. Reid is a coward. Most of the lib chairs are corrupt. Foreign policy of surrender is a mess. Spending is absurd. The press is shaking off their stupification.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 9, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Gov. Palin, a (sub) title to one of her upcoming books should be "Four and a Half Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice". She will have the last laugh.

Posted by: JakeD | July 9, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

opp88:

If that's true, then he is legitimately President of the United States.

Posted by: JakeD | July 9, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama entered Harvard Law School in late 1988. He was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year, and president of the journal in his second year.

During his summers, he returned to Chicago, where he worked as a summer associate at the law firms of Sidley & Austin in 1989 and Hopkins & Sutter in 1990. After graduating with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago.

Obama's election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review gained national media attention and led to a publishing contract and advance for a book about race relations, though it evolved into a personal memoir.

Posted by: opp88 | July 9, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

jimestw:

What I said is that I was giving him the benefit of the doubt. When he resolved said doubt and admitted his infidelity, I was the first to state I would not vote for him.

Posted by: JakeD | July 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama was born at the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, to Stanley Ann Dunham, an American of mainly English descent from Wichita, Kansas, and Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya.

Obama's parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship.

The couple married on February 2, 1961, and Barack was born later that year. His parents separated when he was two years old and they divorced in 1964.

Posted by: opp88 | July 9, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Burris, you little rascal you...lmao.

Posted by: opp88 | July 9, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Only wish we could get rid of Obama that easily.

Posted by: GordonShumway | July 9, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse


No problem.

Illinois Democrats have plenty more crooks to run in place of Burris.

Posted by: WylieD | July 9, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't take that as a NO, I WON'T RUN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

Burris has changed his mind before. I wouldn't put it past him to do so again.

Posted by: magellan1 | July 9, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

how much of that decision is based on Blago's assistant pleading guilty and the possible consequences?

if the above point is moot then i will wait until its time for the 2010 campaign and we find whatever Burris says cannot always be taken as correct? and in all fairness he could very well change hismind by that time.

by the way just what is his current approval rating?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | July 9, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

QUITTER!!

Posted by: JakeD

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He's finishing out his term, Jake.

Unlike your poster-gurl

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

AIG bonusgate?

Who knew what would finally separate Barak Obama from the people who made him President?

Now I knew he was in bed with Wall Street, but I did not know he could not say NO to the people in his bed.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

QUITTER.... Good to hear from JakeD, who put his zero "independent" credibility on the line when day after day he asserted that the intense coverage of Gov. Sanford was much to do about nothing.

Posted by: jimestw | July 9, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me that this goober is NOT entitled to a pension from the Senate or lifetime medical care or all the other goodies to which retired Senators are entitled!

Posted by: palmtree2001 | July 9, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

What happened? Has Washington reached the maximum capacity for crooks?

Posted by: bretb | July 9, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

QUITTER!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 9, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Next thing you know, Sarah Palin will be moving to Illinois.

Didn't Alan Keyes move from Maryland to Illinois to attempt to get an open Senate seat there?

Posted by: Xlnt | July 9, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

chrsifox, I meant 99. And, I really cannot think of one politcian that isn't involved in one sort of scandle or other. It may sound like "tavern prattle", but i meant it. If our representatives actually represented us we would be outsourcing jobs, allowing in guest workers, nor exporting our factories and technology. Trade would mean we make things and sell them. That well might mean government subsidized, but since hat is how the entire rest of the world operates, I figure we should, too. In the end, it means putting this country and its citizens first. It would mean true single payer universal health care, gay rights, pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan tomorrow, an end to our participation in the various globalization initiatives, trade tariffs to protect our jobs and punitive taxes to punish companies that have outsourced jobs, no more bailouts of companies and Wall Street firms, and strict, downright draconian, punishment of corporations and executives that cheat or otherwise defraud consumers as credit card companies, banks, and other members of the financial services crime syndicate regularly do.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 9, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

At least he can put "SENATOR" on that overblown mausoleum in Oak Woods Cemetery.

Bingo, you beat me to it,Corey_NY. That's all Burris cares about.

Posted by: lure1 | July 9, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping that Burris would run, just so he could see how few people would vote for him. The photo of Burris realizing his ego-crushing loss would have been PRICELESS!!!!!

Posted by: momof20yo | July 9, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Spare us please from Burris self-inflating his list of Senatorial "accomplishments".

I hope the Feds don't let Burris retire. I hope they give him a new job in a Federal prison.

Posted by: momof20yo | July 9, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

goody. One crook out, just 59 more self serving scumbags in the U.S. Senate to go. Then, we need to progress on to the House, the White House, state and local government. The sad fact is, every branch of government is corrupt.

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First of all, I hope you meant to say "99," because the suggestion that every Democrat is corrupt but every Republican lily-white is more than a little bizarre, given the recent string of Republican meltdowns.

Second, the belief that absolutely everyone in government is corrupt is the kind of talk that belongs in a blue-collar tavern, not in this blog.

I mean, really, *everyone*?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Whadja expect from Illinois anyway??

Posted by: DuffyD | July 9, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

goody. One crook out, just 59 more self serving scumbags in the U.S. Senate to go. Then, we need to progress on to the House, the White House, state and local government. The sad fact is, every branch of government is corrupt. I don't think anyone can name one honest politician. The same holds true for our corporate world. Are we such a nation of bedwetters and cowards that we will continue to take the abuse these cockroaches heap upon us? It's sure looks that way.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 9, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Good ridance!! Now we get to watch the circus as the head crooks try to find another crook they can control to take his place!!

Posted by: TexRancher | July 9, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Say it ain't so, Roland. We will miss those little beady eyes that could not stop darting after any sliver of chance to aggrandize yourself, that smirk that could only be trusted not to be trusted, and most of all, the shamelessness of hiding all things behind a minstrel blackface...you will be missed.

Posted by: typee123 | July 9, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

A statesman would have told Blagojevich, "Governor, anyone who accepts this appointment at your hand will be tainted. You should resign for the good of Illinois and leave this appointment to your successor. On that basis, I decline to accept.

I'm not sure that there's a single statesman left in the United States of America today.

We're real proud of having had a slew of them at our founding, and some like to think of Lincoln as one.

Our pride is not matched by our present condition. You might say it's as unwarranted as the pride a drug addicted mugger takes in his Mayflower lineage.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | July 9, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse


Burris is not a young man, and he knows the tough trails on the campaign.

Good for him. He got in, and got out.

Actually, I don't think he could have won that seat in a contest with that whole Blago thing hanging over him.

Posted by: lindalovejones | July 9, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Perfect! This seat will be easy beans for Mark Kirk to win. One more senate seat back to the good guys!

Posted by: tifoso1 | July 9, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

He should be locked up.

Posted by: badz34 | July 9, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. I have a feeling that Burris is the sort of black politician the ever loquacious Joe Biden had in mind when he appeared to commend candidate Obama's personal hygiene during the 2008 primaries.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | July 9, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

The news that Senator Roland Burris will not seek a full term during the 2010 election deprives all of us of that which he would have done had decidec to rum. I believe strongly that he would have served all of us with the energy and courage that he has done in all the years of service that he has given to us in Illinois and beyond.

Dave Sweeney a longtime admirer of this great man.

Posted by: DaveSweeney | July 9, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

well, you've driven out the one black guy... and I never heard for what. Oh yea, offering to throw a fundraiser for a fellow politico. 99 more Senators to go....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 9, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Other high-profile Democrats should take a look at the Senate race. Now with Madigan out, I think they might. In 2003, nobody considered State Senator Barack Obama to be a top-tier candidate for this seat, which was held at the time by retiring Republican Peter Fitzgerald. The rest, as they say, is history.

Posted by: fugitivenyc | July 9, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

What will his pension be?

Posted by: cavalierauc | July 9, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

These people are roaches. They will never be gone, but you just have to keep on squashing them.

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Compared to financial types, crooked politicians are angelic. At least they do some good once in a long long while.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 9, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Well he wanted US Senator on his mausoleum anyway.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | July 9, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

This just stinks of a deal to avoid perjury. But he will be gone soon enough.

Posted by: pirate1 | July 9, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

He'll get a nice pension for his short time in the Senate. The senate should switch to a 401k.

Posted by: YUTZ | July 9, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Liars like Burris, liars like Sanford and Ensign, kind of makes you feel all sick inside.

Corrupt politicians have always been, they always will be, but if we do not stop killing them (politically of course), then we will lose this country.

These people are roaches. They will never be gone, but you just have to keep on squashing them.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 9, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

God bless Senator Burris, compared to Vitter and Ensign, he is a shining star in the Senate. And I applaud him for going after what he wanted ... and getting it!

Posted by: paris1969 | July 9, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked, shocked to find out that Burris is going to retire!

Apologies to Claude Rains ...

Posted by: mnteng | July 9, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

One smart cookie! Burris stood his ground and lied through his teeth and the senate let him have the seat rather than make waves. What the heck....his pension will be coming out of our pockets not theirs.

Posted by: Mair1 | July 9, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Mortified,
Do you live in Illinois? Trust me, after a few years it makes way too MUCH sense. It's a swamp no one can drain.

Posted by: Clio1 | July 9, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Now really. Who can honestly say that:
1) What a surprise; 2) is it sad, and 3) who really cares about Mr. Burris, other than his immediate family and friends? Has he made any positive impact during his entire career?
I think not.
Good bye, Roland. Sleep well.

Posted by: Mac_in_SB | July 9, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy. This should be very interesting. Both Kirk and Kennedy are North Shore boys (as in the neighborhood featured in Mean Girls, Ferris Buehler, Home Alone and Ordinary People--yeah, lots of women like Mary Tyler Moore's character in the hood).

Does that mean they will cancel each other out, in some weird political equation, in favor of the downstater and the South Side Greek kid (rich, but ethnic, so it doesn't "count" in Chicago)?

Kirk has a lot of groveling to do to make up for voting "yes" to Cap and Trade--his base is furious. Did he do it so Obama/Emanuel would lean on Madigan to stay out this go-round? That is what John Kass implied today (and Kass is always right). The mere suggestion of that will sink Kirk with BOTH Dems and Reps, who are sick to death of colluding corrupt pols in this state.

Kennedy has NO experience whatsoever. But he's perceived to be clean and above it all. Giannoulis is kneedeep in chicago machine politics and has a dodgy banking history. I don't see him going all the way.

It was Madigan's to take. Wonder why Obama turned her away...I'm not sorry, just curious.

Posted by: Clio1 | July 9, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse


I don't think that even if I spoke with all parties concerned, recorded the conversations and studied those recordings, I would begin to understand this situation.

This, for me, is trying to comprehend the size of the universe. Illinois democratic party politics is a universe unto itself.


Posted by: mortified469 | July 9, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

maybe Obama might want to run for that open senate seat!

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | July 9, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

maybe Obama might want to run for that open senate seat!

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | July 9, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

At least he can put "SENATOR" on that overblown mausoleum in Oak Woods Cemetery.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1657907,burr-oaks-cemetary-mitchell-070909.article

Posted by: Corey_NY | July 9, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Shucks.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 9, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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