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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