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  Burris looks back on 'big legacy'
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News DateSunday, October 24, 2010 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA new Howard University law grad in 1963, Roland Burris packed up the car for Chicago and told his wife that the capital had "too much government." He pledged to come back only for a plum job: senator or vice president.

In the twilight of his career, he got his wish.

On a raw, rainy winter day in early 2009, Burris and his lawyers strode purposefully into the Capitol, where he hoped to be sworn in as a senator. They were swallowed up in a media frenzy, since the seat had been President-elect Barack Obama's and Burris had been appointed by then- Gov. Rod Blagojevich — who was accused of trying to sell the seat.

Burris was turned away by Senate officials that day, but after about a week of wrangling, he was sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney.
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