Roland Burris erects mausoleum for himself

A stickler for preparation, Roland Burris has built a mausoleum for himself in Oak Woods Cemetery on the South Side.

Carved under the words "TRAIL BLAZER" is a long list of accomplishments, to which he had hoped to add, "First black governor in Illinois history."

Given the surprise decision Tuesday by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to appoint Burris to the congressional seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, he may be able to fill that space with a new title: U.S. senator.