US Senator Dick Durbin asks Roland Burris to resign Burris refuses

Sen. Dick Durbin said today that he told Sen.

Roland Burris that, if Durbin were in Burris' shoes, he would resign.

But Burris, the junior and appointed senator from Illinois, told the senior senator from Illinois and No. 2 Democratic leader in the Senate that he would not resign, Durbin said.

"I told him that under the circumstances, I would resign," Durbin told reporters after an hour-long meeting with Burris. "He said, 'I'm not going to resign.'