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Blago Gave Burris’ Son a Job 5 Months Ago

Embattled Sen. Roland Burris’ (D-Ill.) son was given a state job by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who later appointed Burris to the seat.

The Chicago Sun-Times has the scoop:

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, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Blagojevich’s administration hired Roland W. Burris II as a senior counsel for the state’s housing authority Sept. 10 — about six weeks after the Internal Revenue Service slapped a $34,163 tax lien on Burris II and three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side house.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois Housing Development Authority indicated Wednesday there was nothing improper about Burris II’s employment by the agency, whose mission includes overseeing mortgage programs for low-income home buyers and anti-foreclosure initiatives.

As the Sun-Times points out, there may not be any wrongdoing with the job, but these stories continue to raise questions about how close Burris was to Blagojevich. Remember, early on Burris said he had hardly any contact with the former governor leading up to his appointment.

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