Blago Gave Burris' Son Job

Facing foreclosure, Burris II gets housing gig; 'reeks of hypocrisy,' state rep charges
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2009 12:34 PM CST
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(Newser) – Sen. Roland Burris’ son, Roland W. Burris II, got a job with the Illinois housing authority last year, weeks after the IRS imposed a tax lien and his home entered foreclosure, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The appointment came as his father lobbied for Barack Obama’s Senate seat, and Gov. Rod Blagojevich was asking the elder Burris for money. Burris II is not being investigated.

“Roland Burris II was hired by the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Legal Department based on his qualifications,” a spokeswoman said. Still, some find the hiring questionable. “It’s probably not the area where he should be counseling Illinois citizens,” one representative said. “It just begs the question: Why was he placed there, and to what extent did Sen. Burris have conversations regarding the placement?”