THE WATCHDOGS: The firms behind two massive planned Chicago developments have cut ties with law firm of alderman who faces a corruption charge.
Ed Burke charged
The City Council’s most powerful and longest-serving alderman has been charged with one count of attempted extortion for allegedly trying to use his position on the City Council to win business for his private law firm. The Sun-Times has been tracking the polarizing alderman’s ups and downs for the entirety of his nearly five-decade career.
The City Council Review Board is the most controversial and legally shaky of the reform plans pitched after charges were filed against Ald. Ed Burke.
Dear Harold, I know you’ll never forget the dirty deeds Burke did to you during Council Wars.
Then, there are those who know all that but, for various reasons, remain reluctant to commit their support to someone besides Burke.
Now on his way out, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a last stab at cleaning up a Chicago City Council that keeps proving it “ain’t ready for reform.”
I wonder if Ald. Ed Burke will claim he was victimized by the culture of corruption at Chicago’s City Hall.
Those are the same glass doors that FBI agents famously covered with brown butcher paper to conceal their search inside his office in November.
Mayoral contender Toni Preckwinkle said in an email Sunday she is returning all of the $116,000 she raised at Ald. Ed Burke’s house in January 2018.
Control of the $100 million a year program is being transferred out of the hands of the City Council Finance Committee, where Burke operated it.
Watch the Sun-Times’ City Hall reporter Fran Spielman break down the charge against Ed Burke with fellow Sun-Times reporters Jon Seidel and Tim Novak.
Alderman Pat O’Connor, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s floor leader, will take over the position, the mayor said.
Chicago’s most powerful alderman, Ed Burke, is charged with trying to leverage legal work out of Burger King executives who needed permit approvals.
BROWN: It was the defiant Burke who entered the Dirksen Federal Building with his head held high beneath his fedora. But the voice betrayed him.
But a Toni Preckwinkle campaign adviser says the contribution was returned and the mayoral candidate had no idea it came from an alleged shakedown.
If Ed Burke refuses to step down voluntarily, the mayor could ask his City Council allies to take a vote to remove him.