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What suburban lawmakers say about Burris
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Published: 3/1/2009 12:02 AM

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Here is what suburban lawmakers said when asked, "If you had an issue that required some federal guidance or assistance, would you contact Senator Roland Burris' office?"

• "He is at the end of my call list if I need assistance," said state Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Highland Park Republican.

• "I have always had a great deal of support from Senator Durbin's office," said Oak Park Democratic state Sen. Don Harmon said of senior Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat. "I would call Senator Durbin."

• "Not at this point," said state Rep. Kathy Ryg, a Vernon Hills Democrat.

•"Probably not. I think I'd go with Durbin," said state Rep. Paul Froehlich, a Schaumburg Democrat.

• "Well ... no," said state Rep. Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates Democrat. "Who he is today is a lobbyist. I have a serious issue with the fact that to me ... the former governor actually asked a lobbyist to take that seat. When you think about it in those terms, that is so wrong."

• "I think that to get the point across to Senator Clueless, we need to totally ostracize him. And I would not contact him because he got there under false pretenses, he has absolutely no power in the United States Senate, he will get nothing done, his colleagues are shunning him. He is a pariah. ... I would put everything through Senator Durbin and through my local Congress people," said state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat.

• "No, I would not," said Aurora Democratic state Rep. Linda Chapa-LaVia. "I think the people of the state need to feel that they can trust U.S. senators. And I think a lot of the people in this state if you polled them, don't trust Roland Burris at this point."

• "No," said state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, a Des Plaines Republican, questioning whether Burris' motivation was the title of senator rather than service as senator.

• "I probably would not work with Senator Burris' office right now," said state Rep. Franco Coladipietro, a Bloomingdale Republican. "I think again, just like former Governor Blagojevich, I think the distraction of what's going on with him right now makes it very difficult to lead and govern at that level."

• "Right now I'm only calling Durbin," said state Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat.

- Daily Herald staff writers John Patterson and Nicole Milstead