The University of Illinois and Chicago's best public schools are charged with granting admission to children of donors and the well-connected.
The Republican congressman and Afghan war veteran is a moderate who has worked across the aisle.
Democrats stand a better chance of retaining the seat in 2010 now that Burris – tarred by the Blagojevich connection – has bowed out, analysts say.
Under threat of lengthy jail time, his former chief of staff agreed on Wednesday to be a prosecution witness.
Team Obama has picked favorites for races in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and New York. Local party figures say that undermines democracy – and is not the national party's job.