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Read the Criminal Complaint Filed Against Ald. Ed Burke

This year will mark a political milestone for Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, his 50th year as 14th Ward alderman

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    Powerful Chicago Alderman Ed Burke Charged With Attempted Extortion

    Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke has been charged with attempted extortion for "corruptly soliciting business" for his law firm, weeks after federal agents conducted raids at his 14th Ward office and his finance committee suite on Nov. 29, and then again at City Hall on Dec. 13. The federal complaint was unsealed Thursday.

     

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019)

    Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke has been charged with attempted extortion, weeks after federal agents conducted raids at his 14th Ward office and his finance committee suite on Nov. 29, and then again at City Hall on Dec. 13. 

    NBC 5 filed a lawsuit in December asking the Chicago City Council's Committee on Finance to release copies of subpoenas and warrants relating to the raids.

    The charge comes just days after the alderman celebrated his 75th birthday. Burke is the longest-serving alderman in Chicago history and now becomes the second sitting alderman facing a current federal charge.

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