Here’s what the Chicago Tribune is reporting:
Longtime Ald. Edward Burke, one of Chicago’s most powerful figures and a vestige of the city’s old Democratic machine, has been charged with attempted extortion for allegedly using his position as alderman to corruptly solicit business for his private law firm.
The indictment of the almost 50-year Chicago Alderman and Illinois Supreme Court member husband involved court-approved wiretaps and emails.
“The criminal charge was jaw-dropping even for a city with a long history of public corruption,” the Tribune reported…”arguably one of the biggest fish ever reeled in by the U.S. attorney’s office.”
Campaign contributions in exchange for assistance with city permits is but one aspect of the indictment.
The Franks’ men go fishing in Canada in late June with powerful Illinois Democrats like Alderman Ed Burke, Jesse White, and others whose names are recognizable.
(The Canadian trip is even mentioned in the charging document.)
As reported on McHenry County Blog two days after Christmas, Jack Franks has reported to the Illinois State Board of Elections receiving contributions from Ed Burke going back to 2004.
In his campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman, Burke gave Franks $5,000.
Other contributions–usually two per year–. are listed below:
- 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
- 2/20/16 – $500
The pressure on McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks for having his name mentioned by Breaker Press President Richard Lewandowski as involved in the defamatory postcards attacking Republican County Clerk candidate Joe Tirio pales in comparison of those of his Canadian fishing companion and campaign contributor.
Chicago mayoral candidates have scurried to get rid of the money their campaigns have received from Burke.
It is so, so unlikely that the dominant media presence in McHenry County, the Northwest Herald, will even mention the indicted Chicago Alderman’s contributions and other connections to Jack Franks over a fourteen-year period.
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