Burris to serve part of Senate session

November 9, 2010 8:17:19 AM PST
The lame-duck session of the U.S. Congress begins Monday, but Senator-elect Mark Kirk won't be there even though he won the temporary seat in last week's special election.

Senator Roland Burris will still hold the office.

The Illinois State Board of Elections won't certify Kirk's special election until November 23. After that, both the governor and secretary of state have to approve.

In the interim, Burris, who was appointed by ousted governor Rod Blagojevich, will serve through the month.

Kirk will likely be sworn in December 3.