Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn calls on his longtime friend Roland Burris to resign his seat in the U.S. Senate.
"The best thing for Illinois—the people he loves—is to step aside," says the new governor. "I think it was mistaken to accept the appointment under the cloud [under which] it was received. ... I think the ongoing controversy, all the different affidavits correcting this and that, underline the importance of stepping aside"
Quinn supports a bill to fill the Senate vacancy with a temporary appointee by the governor and special primary and special general election within 115 days. The Chicago Tribune endorses Quinn's proposal.
In the last week it has been revealed Roland Burris amended previous denials that the disgraced and impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich solicited "donations." Burris remains silent and has not responded to the growing number of calls for his resignation. Tick tock ...