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Illinois Secretary of State Says Burris Appointment Rests on Senate, Not Him

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The political drama of Roland Burris and Illinois’ vacant senate seat continues to unfold. Burris’ appointment has been widely opposed because it was made by scandal-ridden Governor Rod Blagojevich. Today a game of political hot potato emerged.

In Washington, Senate Democrats say the Burris appointment is in limbo largely because of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. They say White has not signed all the necessary paperwork to certify the Burris appointment.

In Illinois, White filed a motion in court. He says he’s done everything the law requires, his signature is unnecessary, and Burris’ appointment is in the hands of the senate.

Chicago Public Radio’s Ben Calhoun spoke with Secretary of State White this afternoon. He first asked White how he feels about senators placing the matter at his doorstep.

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