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Is it time for Burris to go?

Calls grow for him to resign as a perjury probe proceeds.

At Illinois capitol: Last week, state Rep. Jack Franks (D) asked the US Senate to open an ethics review of Senator Burris.

Seth Perlman/AP

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The drumbeat is getting louder for Sen. Roland Burris (D) of Illinois to resign.

On Friday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) added his voice to those who say too many questions have been raised about the circumstances that led to Senator Burris’s appointment for him to remain in office. Even the White House sent a warning, with press secretary Robert Gibbs saying Burris should “take some time over the weekend” to better explain himself and “think of what lays in his future.”

So far, Burris, whom prosecutors in Illinois are investigating for perjury, has held firm, repeating that he has done nothing wrong and refusing to take questions from reporters.

But the ballooning scandal, and the senator’s often-contradictory remarks as he has sought to explain his appointment and the contacts he had with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) before Mr. Blagojevich appointed him, has darkened the cloud hanging over Illinois. It has also extended what Sen. Richard Durbin (D) of Illinois called in a Sun-Times interview the “Blagojevich burlesque.”


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