Senator denied place on ballot
Afederal appeals court in Chicago has rejected Sen. Roland W. Burris’ quest to run in a special election to finish out the rest of the term for the seat once held by President Obama.
This month, the Supreme Court refused to grant an emergency stay that would have helped Burris’ chances to get on the special election ballot.
Burris, a Democrat, was the appointee of former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich three weeks after Blagojevich’s arrest on charges that he tried to sell Obama’s former seat.
A federal district judge ruled in August that Burris’ appointment was temporary until the general election and that a special election also would be held on election day to fill the shortterm vacancy. That means Illinois voters will vote twice for Senate on Nov. 2.