On Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, one day after Ed Burke was facing charges for alleged extortion, he resigned as chairman of the City’s Committee on Finance.
The Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel in a statement on Friday that he had talked to Alderman Ed Burke, who agreed that it would be best for everybody if he resigned his position with the Committee on Finance. Alderman Burke has a great love for the city, respect for government, and the people of the city of Chicago. He took the right steps to put what is best for the city above himself.
He then went on to say that Alderman Pat O’Connor, who is the Finance Vice chairman, will take Burke’s place.
Emanuel also stated that the first thing O’Connor will do is transfer the control the worker’s compensation program, worth $100 million, to the Law Department from the Finance Committee.
In November and December, The FBI raided Burke’s 14th Ward and City Hall offices and also recorded in secret his cell phone calls.
Burke was recently charged with attempted extortion. In 2017, he told executives of Burger King that they would get permits if they became clients at the law firm where he worked.
If Burke is found guilty, his sentence will be up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 18.
Burke was released having to pay a $10,000 bond. He could not break any laws, would have to submit to a DNA test, and not move or change his phone number. He also must dispose of his firearms.
Written By Barbara Sobel
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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