Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) will make his third trip to downstate Illinois since taking office this week, according to his Senate spokeswoman.
Although Burris spokeswoman Audrey Till said Wednesday that the Senator had not yet decided whether to run for a full term in 2010, his third trip downstate signifies that he is making an effort to reach out to the entire state — including traditionally Republican voters in the more rural parts of Illinois.
Burris was appointed to his seat by impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who is facing multiple federal corruption charges. This week a federal judge approved sending tape-recorded conversations between Blagojevich and Burris to the Senate Ethics Committee, which is investigating the appointment.
Burris is scheduled to visit Champaign, Decatur and Springfield Wednesday, followed by trips to Danville and Kankakee on Thursday.
Till said that Burris made his first trip downstate in mid-February, followed by a second trip to southern Illinois in mid-April.