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Powerful Chicago alderman indicted for attempted extortion

For many who don’t live in Chicago, the indictment of Alderman Ed Burke may be a minor example of public corruption in a corrupt city.

But there is nothing minor about Ed Burke. He has served as an alderman since 1969, when Richard J. Daley not only ruled the city of Chicago and Cook County with an iron fist, but was a Democratic Party kingmaker, controlling more than a dozen congressmen and having a huge say in national politics.

Over the decades, Burke amassed unparalleled influence – and got hugely rich in the process. Everyone in the city knew he was dirty. The only question was, would the feds ever gather enough evidence to put him away? Burke has watched over the decades as dozens of his city council colleagues were marched off to prison. Now, it seems, it’s his turn.

In late November, the FBI raided his City Hall office, as well as the offices of his law firm. Agents returned to search his law offices again in December.

Read the full story from American Thinker

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