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February 20, 2009

Illinois governor asks Burris to resign

Manu reports from Chicago:

CHICAGO -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that Roland Burris should resign from the United States Senate and the vacancy should then be filled by a special election.

Quinn joins a chorus of state legislators and two Democratic House members in calling on Burris to resign, saying his Jan. 8 answers before a state legislative committee defied the public's trust about the appointment.

"At this time, we have a senator who has a cloud over his head," Quinn said.

Burris has so far remained defiant, saying he's done nothing wrong and said he'd fully cooperate with state and federal probes about the circumstances of his appointment by ousted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.