The Press Conference this afternoon won't hold too many big surprises
There has been a lot of talk about Roland Burris' legal bills, and lack of contributions to his campaign. It seems like there is not a lot of support, maybe people don't want their names to show up on his contribution list?
I am sure that Roland Burris should be concerned about his Tombstone in Oak Woods Cemetery on the South Side of Chicago, specifically Cook County where there are already two cemeteries with some unethical issues, one, Burr Oak Cemetery hitting the national news now.
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Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) fields questions from the media following a Small Business Administration round table discussion at the University of Illinois on May 27, 2009, in Champaign, Ill.
Democrat Burris, a former state attorney general and comptroller, was appointed last year to fill the vacant Senate seat of President Obama by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But the circumstances surrounding that appointment – including federal charges that Blagojevich sought to sell the seat to the highest bidder – have dogged Burris.
Blagojevich, now facing a corruption trial, was kicked out of office by state lawmakers early this year.
Word of Burris' expected departure from the field of potential Senate candidates comes a day after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she will seek re-election to her state office, rather Senate. Madigan would have been a front-runner for the Democratic nomination.
Democrats who have expressed an interest in running include Chicago businessman Christopher Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Chicago Urban League chief Cheryle Jackson. Meanwhile, Republicans hope to capitalize on the Blagojevich scandal and reclaim the seat for the GOP. North Shore Congressman Mark Kirk is interested in running.
It was apparent right from the moment that he took office Burris had virtually no chance of winning at the polls.
The senator faces not only rock-bottom voter opinion numbers, but he's raised barely any money while others who plan to run statewide next year are preparing to raise up to $25 million each for their campaigns.
Burris scheduled a public appearance for Friday afternoon in the South Loop to make a "major announcement," his Senate office said.
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No peace now
Meanwhile, more than 700 families with loved ones buried at Burr Oak registered with the Cook County's sheriff's office, which is heading up the investigation.
Throngs of families flooded the graveyard trying to find whether their family members had been victimized in death.
Some headed to their relative's graves on their own. Those who didn't know where to look stood in long lines waiting for assistance from the sheriff's office.
Brenda Ray was trying to find her brother's final resting place.
It's been 14 years since she's visited her older brother's grave and now it seems as if he's gone.
"There's just grass, there's no headstone, not even a stick," said Ray, also from Marquette Park.
Clutching the funeral program from the 1983 ceremony, Ray said this is like reliving the experience of laying a loved one to rest.
"It's like I'm burying my brother all over again," she said.
Only this time, it's worse.
"He don't have peace now," Ray said.
Aurelia Lovett Bey, of Chicago's Morgan Park community found all six graves belonging to her loved ones. The thought of other's relatives being thrown out like trash has her horrified.
"I just feel sorry for the people that it's going to affect, Lovett Bey said. "How could they do this to those people?"
On the far north end of the cemetery, a pile of smashed concrete sits among weeds and overgrown grass. It's been the final resting place of some 300 excavated bodies.
"This is going to be very difficult because all the answers were housed here and one of the people involved in this criminal act was one of the people who had all the records," Sheriff Tom Dart said. "This was not done in a very delicate way. This was not replacing graves, it was not moving graves, this was dumping of them."
A team of FBI experts who have worked with mass graves in Serbia are now working in the blue-collar south suburban community.
Assistant special agent Tom Trautmann said the FBI evidence response team will map the graveyard and use thermal imaging to find anomalies in the ground.
They'll also "manage the scene, collected the evidence, properly store it and analyze it to the extent we can," Trautmann said.
And the federal agents may may have to sift the entire back area where the bodies were dumped, Trautmann said.
"We only know once each step is met what our next step will be," Trautmann said. "Right now we don't know what we have."
Brothers and sisters, this is a black on black crime!
When are we ever going to learning?
The cemetery owners had no knowledge of these terrible crimes.
Oh Lord, help us all. Amen.