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March 02, 2009

Quinn caving to Burris?

It looks like Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was for a special election (twice) before he was against it.

After a meeting with African-American supporters of Roland Burris, Quinn said there were more important priorities for the legislature to deal with than working to remove Burris from office.

From WBBM-AM:

In discussing the future of U.S. Sen. Roland Burris Monday morning, Gov. Pat Quinn said Burris clearly will not be resigning and, "I think we need to move on."

As CBS 2's Joanie Lum reports, Quinn met for about an hour with the elected officials from city, state and federal government, at the 37th Ward office, 5347 W. North Ave. The group says Quinn should not have called for Burris' resignation, and they say they hope to bring about unity in the Democratic Party.

Quinn said most of the discussion centered on rebuilding the economy and creating jobs. But he conceded that Burris does not plan to step down, and now, there are other priorities, such as the state budget.

"He's not going to step aside. That's his decision. I think we need to move on from that," Quinn said. "I don't there's anything that anyone can do if he refuses to resign, now, that's his choice."

As it is now, Quinn says he wants a special election, but that isn't possible right now.

That now puts him at odds with state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who has argued that holding a special election for Burris' Senate seat would effectively nullify his appointment.

Madigan is eyeing a primary challenge to Quinn in 2010.