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Blago Hired Burris's Son

Corruption, it seems, may run in the family: The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that “the son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris is a federal tax deadbeat who landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich five months ago.” Blagojevich hired Roland W. Burris II as a senior counsel for the state’s housing authority six weeks before the IRS ordered Burris II to pay $34,163 in taxes and a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his home. A spokeswoman said there was nothing improper about Burris II’s hiring. “Burris II's hiring, however, raises more questions about Sen. Burris' interactions with Blagojevich and his inner circle at a time when the governor was soliciting Sen. Burris for campaign contributions and Burris was angling to have Blagojevich appoint him to the Senate seat once held by President Obama.”