One of Jack Franks $5,000 contributors in his 2016 McHenry County Board Chairman race was Chicago Alderman Ed Burke.
The Chicago Tribune reports the following in this column by Kristen McQueary:
It’s not the money.
It’s the relationships.
With Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, walking a federal investigation tightrope, his allies are starting to scram.
Have you noticed?
The scene of federal agents marching boxes out of a politician’s office sure takes the shine off a pinky ring. Under pressure Chicago mayoral candidates Toni Preckwinkle and Susana Mendoza announced recently they would not spend money Burke had donated to their campaigns.
Two candidates for Mayor–Cook County Board Chairwoman Toni Preckwinkle and State Comptroller Susana Mendoza–decided to give money from Burke to charities.
Wanting to have a chance of claiming the reformer mantle, Mendoza and Preckwinkle want to distance themselves as far from the most recent Chicago Alderman to attract the attention of the FBI.
And, as Tribune Editorial Board member points out there was “pressure from the media.”
Not much chance of similar pressure being applied by the Northwest Herald, of course, but it could happen.
If it does, there’s more than $5,000 to write about that Franks’ Canadian fishing buddy had given campaigns of Jack Franks.
In fact, he is a regular supporter through his Burham Fund:
2/25/4 – $300
2/24/5 – $200
7/24/6 – $250
6/24/8 – $500
12/12/8 – $500
3/11/9 – $250
6/23/9 – $250
2/24/12 – $300
8/3/12 – $250
6/21/13 – $250
2/19/15 – $250
7/20/15 – $250
2/20/26 – $500
9/29/16 – $5,000
But, Burke does moe than send checks.
He lends his name to Jack Franks’ Chicago fundraisers.
He has been a front page sponsor of Jack Franks’ Chicago fundraisers: