Sneed has learned that the indomitable Ald. Ed Burke (14th), known as the dean of the City Council, is scheduled to have prostate cancer surgery on Thursday.
Sneed is told that Burke scheduled the surgery so as not to miss Wednesday’s City Council meeting — something he has never done before in his long civic career.
Internet rumors of his impending death are absolutely false.
An alderman for 45 years, Burke, 70, is the longest-serving member of the City Council.
Before ascending to aldermanic office, Burke was a Chicago cop. He served in that capacity from 1965 to 1968 — when his father, Ald. Joseph P. Burke (14th) died.
Burke replaced his father as the 14th Ward Democratic committeeman in 1968 and as alderman in 1969.
Burke also is the powerful head of the City Council’s Committee on Finance, a partner in the law firm of Klafter and Burke — which specializes in real estate tax assessment law — and is a Chicago history buff who has authored two books.
Married to Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, Burke is dad to Jennifer, Eddie, Sarah, Travis and the late Emmett Burke.