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Read the lawsuit against Ald. Edward Burke



Ald. Edward Burke, representing Southwest Side 14th Ward, Chicago, for 50 years, has been charged with attempted blackmail. He claimed that he had used his position as a councilman to gain corrupt business for his private law firm, prosecutors announced on Thursday.

The bombshell 37 -page lawsuit, which is fully available below, was filed with the US District Court on Wednesday and unsealed on Thursday. Here's a quick look at what it says.

– Federal investigators supported the prosecution for "lawfully recorded conversations," including listening to Burke's mobile phone conversations.

– In 2017, the complaint alleges that Burke harassed an undisclosed fast food business (referred to as Company A) seeking approval to redesign a restaurant in its department. Burke allegedly refused to support the company's restructuring efforts in exchange for its property law firm Klafter & Burke. One source identified the company as Burger King for the grandstand.

-Burke allegedly upheld the company's entry permit in exchange for companies doing business with its law firm.

-Burke allegedly stopped one of his station employees in October 201

7 on the company's remodeling work "on the pretext that the restaurant did not have all the necessary permits for the refurbishment" and hindered the company's efforts by the Chicago Department of Transportation to get an entry permit. Company officials flew to Chicago in December 2017 for a meeting "focused on giving tax work to Burke's law firm." As soon as Burke was assured that his law firm would get the job, he denied the opposition to the entry permit, according to the lawsuit. The entry permit was granted and the company completed its remodeling project but, according to the complaint, did not hire Burke.

– The complaint also accuses Burke of asking the company for a campaign contribution for another politician, not named, in exchange for his support.

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