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Burris Releases Senate Financial Forms

Business EnterprisesWGNPublic RelationsRoland BurrisDavid AxelrodInland Real Estate Corp.Chicago Tribune

(WGN-AM)- U.S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) earned $337,000 last year in payments from his consulting business, a law firm, director's fees and state pension, according to an annual financial disclosure form required of senators.

His income included $155,000 from his law firm and consulting business and $64,000 in fees for serving as a director of Inland Real Estate Corp. He also listed $118,000 from his state pension.

Burris reported that among his consulting clients last year was ASK Public Relations, a firm that was part-owned by presidential adviser David Axelrod. Senators are not required to disclose the amount of payments from clients.

The fee from ASK Public Relations was paid to Burris for appearing in a political television commercial in which he urged Illinoisans to vote against a new state constitutional convention in a referendum, said Jim O'Connor, a spokesman for Burris.

The disclosure form shows Burris and his wife hold assets of between $900,000 and $1.8 million in publicly traded stocks, life insurance and mutual funds as well as a one-quarter interest in Kolmar Equities, a trust that owns land in Lynwood.

Burris valued his share of the land trust at between $50,000 and $100,000. Senate disclosure rules only require that the value of assets be declared in broad ranges.

The Senate releases financial disclosure filings on Friday, but Burris was required to file his statement earlier this year because he was appointed to his seat.

(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)

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