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South Siders Gather to Support Burris Appointment

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South Siders Gather to Support Burris Appointment

Supporters of Roland Burris hold a sign outside the church (Tony Arnold/WBEZ)

U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris is scheduled to make his way to Washington, D.C. later today. He was sent off with an evening prayer vigil on Chicago’s South Side last night.

Hundreds of people packed the pews at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church. Burris was greeted with a standing ovation after many area religious leaders prayed the senate would seat the former Illinois Attorney General. Afterwards, Burris told the press he filed legal action against Secretary of State Jesse White for not certifying the appointment.

BURRIS: Can you imagine what would happen in law if the secretary of state had the power to veto the actions of a governor. I mean, that is not in law anywhere and I got a few judges that will stand around and tell you that that is not in the law.

White has said he would not certify Burris’s appointment because of the corruption allegations against Governor Rod Blagojevich. Burris also says he plans to meet with senate leadership on Wednesday to make his case for why they should seat him.

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