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
– 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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