Blago gave Burris’ son housing job despite IRS tax actions

posted at 2:35 pm on February 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The rabbit hole just got a little deeper in Chicago for Roland Burris and the Democrats.  The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Rod Blagojevich gave Roland Burris II a job as senior counsel for the state housing department, just weeks after the IRS slapped a $34,000 lien for non-payment on his own house:

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.

Burris II’s hiring, however, raises more questions about Sen. Burris’ interactions with Blagojevich and his inner circle at a time when the governor was soliciting Sen. Burris for campaign contributions and Burris was angling to have Blagojevich appoint him to the Senate seat once held by President Obama.

The hiring itself raises questions about Blagojevich first.  Why did the impeached and removed governor appoint as senior counsel to the housing authority when his own house was in default?  Competence and experience obviously made little difference; this looks very clearly like a patronage hire to keep Burris pére as a political ally.

That brings us to Burris himself.  According to what we know about the investigation into Blagojevich’s attempts to sell the seat, the feds began tracking efforts back to the summer of 2008.  Did Blagojevich give Burris fils the patronage job to mollify Roland Burris for not getting the Senate appointment?  Or was this a down payment on more benefits to come if Burris could raise funds for Blagojevich?

And why, exactly, did Burris neglect to mention this particular Blagojevich connection?

Of course, if Burris II pays his 2005 mortgage, it’s no big deal, right?  Unfortunately, he’s paid only $3,000 on a $300K mortgage in three years.  How did Burris II remain in his house for this long?


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Funny this is coming a few weeks after the stimulus vote.

Notorious GOP on February 26, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Into the fifth week and one abortion after another…

Kinda a perfect annology for radical Liberals…

Mark Garnett on February 26, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Blago is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. He brings a new smile to my face each and every day.
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OK, less of a smile and more of an indignant smirk, but YKWIM.

innominatus on February 26, 2009 at 2:39 PM

It’s nothing new, just standard operating procedure for Democrats. It’s in their instruction manual, “How to be a Great Government Official, Looking Out for the People.” OK, it used to be titled “How to be a Crook, 101,” before they renamed it.

DL13 on February 26, 2009 at 2:40 PM

The Democrat AG of Illinois has stated in the last 24 hours that it is her legal opinion that if the legislature called for a special election, Burris can be removed from the seat after the election is concluded.

Should be interesting week in the IL legislature. WIll the Democrats, who control both houses, pull the trigger?

WashJeff on February 26, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Funny this is coming a few weeks after the stimulus vote.

Notorious GOP on February 26, 2009 at 2:37 PM

ding ding ding ding

oops, I meant RACIST!!!!!

Rogue on February 26, 2009 at 2:41 PM

WTF?
Hey, nothing to see here folks.
Move along.

Badger40 on February 26, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I love Blago. I’ve got the fevah!!

Cody1991 on February 26, 2009 at 2:43 PM

There can’t have been wrongdoing here, these are democrats for Pete’s sake…
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Vashta.Nerada on February 26, 2009 at 2:44 PM

I don’t get how he stayed in the house for so long only having paid $3,000 either…ACORN?

Topsecretk9 on February 26, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Why did the impeached and removed governor appoint as senior counsel to the housing authority when his own house was in default?

I don’t really see what the big deal is here, after all didn’t our Dear Leader Obama appoint a tax fraud to be over the IRS. I mean really, get with the times Ed, you are becoming so yesterday.

MB4 on February 26, 2009 at 2:50 PM

They just stopped trying to be discreet in IL. I guess when the system is so corrupt why go through the trouble. If someone honest does object who are they going to tell who isn’t already dirty?

txaggie on February 26, 2009 at 2:50 PM

The United States may as well be populated with cows. Chicago politics and politicians are as crooked as a corkscrew, and obama was able to climb the greasy pole there with ease.

Cows don’t draw conclusions, but people do. Too bad the percentage of thinking people in the US is dropping like the stock market. The victim class people are also the gullable class people. The rest of us will pay the price for their weakness.

saiga on February 26, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Burris was just a pawn for the Democrats and he just got played. The Democrats will now gladly attack him now that Obama’s baby is born.

Notorious GOP on February 26, 2009 at 2:53 PM

I love Blago. I’ve got the fevah!!

Cody1991 on February 26, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Here’s the point to be made
Blago was born to give you fee-vah, be it fahrenheit or centigrade
He gives you fee-vah as you watch him at every turn
Fee-vah till the dims sizzle, oh what a lovely way them to burn

MB4 on February 26, 2009 at 2:54 PM

federal tax deadbeat


WTF, are we conservatives the only ones who pay our friggin’ taxes????????

OmahaConservative on February 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM

BIG TIME OT BUT….

ALL YOU FUCKING CONSERVATIVE GUN OWNING DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED FOR THIS BASTARD, JUST THANKS!!!

hawkdriver on February 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM

TIME TO MARCH!!!

hawkdriver on February 26, 2009 at 2:59 PM

We must keep hardworking honest rich and politically connected people who have (not) kept up their mortgage payments in their homes…..The One—-Tuesday Feb 24, 2009

Herb on February 26, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Blago, you magnificent, insane bastard.

Brat on February 26, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I’m shocked, SHOCKED, to hear that quid pro quo is going on in Chicago!

mankai on February 26, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Fitzgerald, where art thou?

maverick muse on February 26, 2009 at 3:05 PM

The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Oops! I meant apple.

shick on February 26, 2009 at 3:06 PM

The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Oops! I meant apple.

shick on February 26, 2009 at 3:06 PM

/sarcasm

shick on February 26, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Taxes are for the common man.

Most Ethica…

*hahahahahahahahahahahaha*

Bishop on February 26, 2009 at 3:07 PM

The Democrat Party does not have a culture of corruption. They have institutionalized the corruption and made it the new “normal” as far as ethics is concerned.

Really, is there just one of these filthy traitors that the public can point to with pride? The filthy bastards need to be voted out of office now!

highhopes on February 26, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Re: tax evasion by government employees

Why the hell aren’t their taxes withdrawn from their paycheck the same as ours? Is it their other day job they don’t pay taxes on, or their government job?

maverick muse on February 26, 2009 at 3:08 PM

The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Heh

maverick muse on February 26, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Blago–the gift that keeps on giving.

becki51758 on February 26, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Allahpundit,
Thanks for the “strong“,”emphasis“,”link“,

“quote”,”

and strike buttons.

Could you add a superstrike button to use with the strike key for correcting?

shick on February 26, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Here’s the point to be made
Blago was born to give you fee-vah, be it fahrenheit or centigrade
He gives you fee-vah as you watch him at every turn
Fee-vah till the dims sizzle, oh what a lovely way them to burn

MB4 on February 26, 2009 at 2:54 PM

lololololololol ! But you know what? A sleazy, thug, Dem pol like Blago can shed more sunlight on Democrats than any earnest conservative.

Save BLAGO!!

Cody1991 on February 26, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Allahpundit,

Could you add a superstrike button to use with the strike key for correcting?

I meant superscript.

shick on February 26, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Pay-for-lay Chicago politics and the Pirate King now sits in the Oval Office.

Redistribution of wealth and corruption on a massive scale. Welcome to the new America.

Guardian on February 26, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Blago had to give RB II a job. Non payment of taxes requires a Democrat to be given a government job.

No wonder Dear Leader has to raise taxes. Us Is & Rs are the only ones paying them.

rbj on February 26, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Cap’n:

You missed the best part! Not only was he not paying his taxes OR his mortgage. We learn in the last paragraph:

“Burris II built his home in the booming Bronzeville neighborhood on land he bought from the City of Chicago in 2000. City records show he paid $1 for the lot as part of an effort to clean up his once-blighted block.”

jeanneb on February 26, 2009 at 3:45 PM

It’s Chicago fer Chrissakes…

coldwarrior on February 26, 2009 at 3:54 PM

BIG TIME OT BUT….

ALL YOU ******* CONSERVATIVE GUN OWNING DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED FOR THIS BASTARD, JUST THANKS!!!

hawkdriver on February 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Impulsive hothead posters should be banned. My apologizes to all.

hawkdriver on February 26, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Earlier today someone commented about missing Larson’s “The Far Side”.

Despair no longer….I give you “Blago and Burris”.

BobMbx on February 26, 2009 at 4:10 PM

And this latest edition in the Burris saga proves why the GOP should oppose any measure to oust Burris from the Senate.

The DNC suffers hemophilia through Burris. It just keeps coming.

BobMbx on February 26, 2009 at 4:13 PM

What will it take for the American public to recognize how out of control the government has become? Then what will it take to motivate the public to take action?

saiga on February 26, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Just Chi. Town politics at it’s best.

Democrats in congress hate blacks. Just ask Byrd.

Rick007 on February 26, 2009 at 4:39 PM

The reason they helped “O” Dumbi is they ( Reid & Pelosi ) still pull the strings,

Rick007 on February 26, 2009 at 4:41 PM

There ya go…assurances from the wonderful world of Chi!cago politics; “nothing improper about Burris’ employment.” Now, move along lil doggie.

JoeySlippers on February 26, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Anyone check the freezer?

Wade on February 26, 2009 at 5:16 PM

WTF, are we conservatives the only ones who pay our friggin’ taxes????????

OmahaConservative on February 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Uh, that’s a roger Roger.

TheSitRep on February 26, 2009 at 5:25 PM

You have to love Blago. The Sun-Times made my day today by headlining this. They also ran an awsome Jack Higgins cartoon covering Obama’s speech on Tuesday. It featured the hair-plugged drunk congratulating Oblama on his adoring crowd and “The Ones” head was a big sack of cash. Naturally the botox-deranged Pelosi was wearing a cheerleader outfit and doing a pon-pom cheer. Suitable for framing!

ObamatheMessiah on February 26, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Here is that Higgins cartoon direct link if you want a laugh
Higgins

ObamatheMessiah on February 26, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Impulsive hothead posters should be banned. My apologizes to all.

hawkdriver on February 26, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Not on your life. Or SWMBO, either!

Califemme on February 26, 2009 at 5:47 PM

We learn in the last paragraph:

“Burris II built his home in the booming Bronzeville neighborhood on land he bought from the City of Chicago in 2000. City records show he paid $1 for the lot as part of an effort to clean up his once-blighted block.”

jeanneb on February 26, 2009 at 3:45 PM

This is incredible. So which was it back in 2000, booming or blighted? The writing is so imprecise it’s impossible to tell.

But I like the spin. I guess if Donald Trump had gotten the same sweetheart deal on one of his properties, the report might have read as follows, n’est-ce pas:

“Donald built Trump Tower in the booming borough of Manhattan on land he bought from the City of New York in 19xx. City records show he paid $1 for the lot as part of an effort to contribute to municipal property tax revenues from his once-empty borough.”

As in, prior to 1600, the borough was not populated (save for a campsite here and there).

RD on February 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM

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.

What f**&^ng planet do these people live on?

redfoxbluestate on February 27, 2009 at 12:51 PM