A Fifth Star on Chicago's Flag? Illinois Supreme Court Justice Says Yes

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke says there should be a fifth star on the iconic Chicago flag—and she’s asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel to make it happen.

Burke made the request Tuesday morning, on Emanuel’s birthday, during a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.

"Perhaps a fitting way to emphasize the role of Chicago in the International Special Olympics movement would be to add a fifth star, Mr. Mayor, to our flag for all the world to see and to celebrate the birth of Special Olympics," Burke said to Emanuel.

She also noted the organization, of which she is a co-founder, would turn 50 in 2018.

The request prompted applause from aldermen, including Burke’s husband Ald. Edward Burke.

The Chicago Tribune noted that Emanuel wasn’t clapping, though a spokesperson later told the paper he laughed and applauded.

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