Thursday, February 26, 2009

Burris's tax- and mortgage-deliquent son got $75K job from Blago to help the poor avoid foreclosure

"Roland, no. Give me the envelope later!"

OK, I give up. We've gone totally off the deep end here. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Roland Burris's son, Roland II, a not very successful lawyer, got a $75,000-a-year job "as a senior counsel for the state's housing authority Sept. 10 -- about six weeks after the Internal Revenue Service slapped a $34,163 tax lien on Burris II and three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side house." The state agency's "mission includes overseeing mortgage programs for low-income home buyers and anti-foreclosure initiatives." Who better but a politically wired guy who didn't pay his taxes or make his mortgage payments to advise the poor about their finances?

Of course, this adds to the suspicion that there was some Chicago-style pay to play around Blago's choice of Burris to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat:

Burris II's hiring, however, raises more questions about Sen. Burris' interactions with Blagojevich and his inner circle at a time when the governor was soliciting Sen. Burris for campaign contributions and Burris was angling to have Blagojevich appoint him to the Senate seat once held by President Obama.

There's also this about Burris the Younger's stellar credit history:

Since Burris II and his wife got the $372,000 mortgage on July 18, 2006, they've paid less than $3,000 on it, the [foreclosure] suit alleges. The balance due is $406,685, including interest and penalties.

That's $372,000 for Roland the Younger's dream home, even thought he only paid one dollar for the land:

Burris II built his home in the booming Bronzeville neighborhood on land he bought from the City of Chicago in 2000. City records show he paid $1 for the lot as part of an effort to clean up his once-blighted block.

What a tragedy this is. Who could be expected to pay more than $3,000 back on a $372,000 loan? I have an idea. Let's all kick in to help Little Roland and his wife avoid losing their home and the American Dream with it.

Oh wait...that's already being taken care of through the federal mortgage bailout.

I feel relieved. What about you? Post a comment.

1 comment:

  1. I want in on this mortgage/foreclosure/bailout magic bullet. Stupid me for doing the right thing and making my mortgage payment for years and years. Yeah, my reward is to keep paying my mortgage and now I get to kick in for other people's mortgage.
    I feel like such a jerk!