Furor shouldn't keep Burris from doing his job

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Even though he's under pressure to resign, experts say that shouldn't keep Illinois Sen. Roland Burris from serving his constituents while he holds on to the seat.

Burris can vote as normal and serve on committees. He can also help constituents navigate through government bureaucracy and may still be able to bring home money.

Fellow Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is among those calling for Burris to step down. But he's promising to "find ways to cooperate and work" with Burris. Durbin says he doesn't want the people of Illinois to lose anything because of the controversy over Burris.

Burris was appointed by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich just before the state legislature threw Blagojevich out of office over allegations he tried to sell the Senate appointment. Burris has revised his story of his contacts with the former governor and his aides, including acknowledging he looked into raising money for Blagojevich.


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