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Ald. Danny Solis Under a Federal Microscope

Solis was absent from Wednesday’s City Council meeting

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    NEWSLETTERS

    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)

    In 2014, Chicago alderman Danny Solis became the subject of a federal criminal investigation, according to a source familiar with the investigation. That would be a year before 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke also became a target of federal authorities, according to the timeline in a federal criminal complaint.

    On Wednesday the Chicago Sun-Times reported Solis secretly recorded conversations with Burke as part of a federal investigation. NBC5 News has not been able to independently confirm the Sun-Times report.

    NBC 5 has learned 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.

    According to a source familiar with the investigation, a confidential informant wired up on Solis at least a year before Solis is reported to have wired up on Burke.

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    [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 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.

    The last known alderman to wire 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.

    Alderman 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.

    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)

    Solis has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

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

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