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Wife of Chicago Alderman to Be Chief Justice on Illinois High Court

A Tuesday court statement says she'll be the third female chief justice on the 200-year-old court

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    Wife of Chicago Alderman to Be Chief Justice on Illinois High Court

    The wife of a powerful Chicago alderman facing federal corruption allegations will become the Illinois Supreme Court's next chief justice. 

    The state's highest court selected Anne Burke earlier this week. The 13-year veteran of the court will start her three-year term Oct. 26. 

    A Tuesday court statement says she'll be the third female chief justice on the 200-year-old court, following current Justice Rita Garman and late Justice Mary Ann McMorrow. She'll succeed Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier. 

    Burke's husband, Ed Burke, has been on the Chicago's City Council for 50 years. He was charged this year with trying to extort executives seeking city remodeling permits. He has pleaded not guilty. 

    Federal Agents Search Ald. Ed Burke's Offices, Paper Over Doors

    [CHI] Federal Agents Search Ald. Ed Burke's Offices, Paper Over Doors
    Federal agents were seen at Chicago Ald. Ed Burke's offices at both City Hall and in the 14th Ward Thursday morning. The glass doors to Burke's City Hall office were papered over, while the purpose of the visits was unclear. Carol Marin reports.
    (Published Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018)

    Because it is a federal case, no appellate issues related to it would come before the Illinois Supreme Court.

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