Burris, 71, accepted the appointment at a joint news conference with Blagojevich in Chicago, asking “the people of Illinois to place the same trust in me that they have in the past.”
Blagojevich was arrested on federal charges earlier this month, accused of trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder. He has denied wrongdoing.
In a letter signed by all 50 sitting Democratic senators, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Blagojevich after his Dec. 9 arrest that Senate Democrats would not seat anyone the governor named to the seat.
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