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Backgrounder: Roland Burris

Anne Leary 30 December 2008 No Comment

Burris was the Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on State Pensions as recently as 2005. Illinois State Pensions were then, and are now, the most underfunded in the country. – State pension panel nears vote on proposed cuts, Copley News Service, January 7, 2005

Pay To Play

A company headed by former state comptroller and attorney general Roland Burris has been awarded a $150,000 state contract to advise disadvantaged businesses on how to improve their operations and ultimately win state contracts. – Consulting firm awarded $150,000 contract by IDOT, State Journal-Register, June 16, 2004

The Ho-Chunk Nation has tapped former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris and his law firm to lobby for state approval of its proposed casino complex in Hoffman Estates. – Ex-attorney general to lobby for casino, Chicago Daily Herald, June 5, 2003

A wide-ranging hospital fraud investigation in Nevada has Cook County Board President Todd Stroger reconsidering his plans to help balance the county’s budget on a private firm’s promise to bring up to $125 million a year to the county’s ailing health system…A contract has not yet been signed here, but negotiations have been going on since the County Board gave approval last year. That approval came after former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris lobbied the board on ACS’ behalf. – Vegas probe casts doubt on county deal, Chicago Sun Times, January 18, 2007

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