Guilty verdict for alderman-racketeer Ed Burke.

“The conviction caps a stunning fall from grace for an old-school politician who wielded his power for decades as the head of the City Council’s Committee on Finance, which controls much of the city’s spending. … The 79-year-old Burke was convicted by a jury of 13 of 14 counts after four days of deliberations. Burke was convicted of racketeering, attempted extortion, using interstate commerce to facilitate an unlawful activity, corruptly soliciting things of value and federal program bribery.” learn more

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