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Burris Survives Removal Attempt, To Face A Daley in 2010

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 6, 2009 4:30PM

Last week, after days of calling for the resignation of U.S. Senator Roland Burris, Governor Pat Quinn tucked tail and back-pedaled after the first sign of political pressure. Now it seems the chances of Burris being removed or resigning are somewhere between slim and none as a state Senate subcommittee yesterday voted down an attempt to remove Burris from office and set up a special election to replace him. The vote came out 3-2 along party lines with the three Dems arguing the cost of a special election would be too costly. Meanwhile, Burris isn't exactly out of the woods. While we already know he intends to run in 2010 to retain his spot, it seems as if he'll be going up against a formidable opponent, at least in name: Bill Daley, brother of Mayor Daley. Daley joins state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias as people who are taking aim on the seat.