August 1, 2014
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Roland Burris says he won't step down as Illinois' junior senator. His comments came after a Monday night speech to Democrats in Peoria.
The trip was planned before the recent revelations about Burris' contacts with the brother of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich concerning his appointment to the U.S. Senate.
Burris insists an affidavit he released Saturday about those conversations doesn't contradict his testimony before the Illinois House panel that recommended Blagojevich's impeachment.
Burris says he sent the affidavit to state lawmakers voluntarily and wasn't prompted by federal agents investigating the former governor.
Some Illinois Republicans say Burris should resign.