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Ald. Danny Solis Resigns as Zoning Committee Chairman

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    Ald. Danny Solis Resigns as Zoning Committee Chairman

     Ald. Danny Solis on Tuesday resigned as the chairman of the committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards, the mayor's office announced. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019)

    Ald. Danny Solis has resigned as the chairman of the committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards, the mayor's office announced Tuesday. 

    “Alderman Danny Solis has recognized that he cannot effectively preside over the matters before the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards, and he has communicated with my office his intent to resign as Chairman," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "I commend him for making the right decision for the City Council and the City of Chicago.”

    The decision comes amid reports Solis was the subject of a criminal investigation in 2014 and secretly recorded conversations with another beleagured Chicago alderman for federal authorities. 

    Solis, who announced his retirement late last year, chaired arguably the second most powerful City Council committee, the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards, that votes yea or nay to where developers can build multi-million dollar to multi-billion dollar projects in the city.

    New Revelations Emerge in Burke Investigation

    [CHI] New Revelations Emerge in Burke Investigation

    NBC 5 Political Editor Carol Marin has learned exclusively that Alderman Danny Solis was under the federal microscope more than a year before Alderman Ed Burke was. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019)

    Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Solis secretly recorded conversations with 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke as part of a federal investigation. NBC 5 News has not been able to independently confirm the Sun-Times report.

    A source familiar with the matter told NBC 5 that Solis’ cooperation with the feds was brought about by the fact that Solis himself was the subject of a criminal investigation dating back to 2014. To date no charges have been brought against the retiring 25th Ward alderman.

    The investigation of Solis, according to the source, focused on his alleged misuse of his official office for his own personal gain and the gain of others.

    Burke Says He'll Run for Re-Election Amid Scandal

    [CHI] Burke Says He'll Run for Re-Election Amid Scandal

    Alderman Ed Burke lost his high-profile position as chairman of the Finance Committee, and much, much more. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has all the latest details. 

    (Published Friday, Jan. 4, 2019)

    Solis was absent from Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

    Burke, the most powerful alderman in City Council who headed the Finance Committee, was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with one count of attempted extortion earlier this month. Burke was subsequently removed as Finance chair but is still running for re-election to the 14th Ward where he has served as alderman for 50 years.

    He told a reporter again on Wednesday, as he has in the past, that he has done nothing illegal. Earlier this month Burke waived a preliminary hearing.

    'I Haven't Done Anything Wrong,' Burke Says

    [CHI] 'I Haven't Done Anything Wrong,' Burke Says

    Ald. Ed Burke responded Friday to questions about a federal complaint that alleges Burke tried to extort a business. "I haven't done anything wrong," he said outside his home, "and I'm looking forward to my day in court to establish that I am innocent of those charges."

     

     
    (Published Friday, Jan. 4, 2019)

    The last known alderman to wear a wire against City Hall colleagues for the feds was Allan Streeter, of the 17th Ward, who plead guilty in the Operation Silver Shovel investigation in the mid 90s.

    Solis has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment.

    Preckwinkle Discusses Burke's Alleged Extortion

    [CHI] Preckwinkle Discusses Burke's Alleged Extortion

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talks about a contribution made to her campaign committee in Jan. 2018 that authorities allege was part of an extortion attempt by Ald. Ed Burke. 

    (Published Friday, Jan. 4, 2019)

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