Former Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, once a powerful Democrat, was found guilty of 13 out of 14 corruption charges, including racketeering, bribery, and extortion.
The case highlighted high-level corruption in Chicago’s city government, involving political favors for money.
The trial also implicated other officials and revealed widespread corruption in Illinois, leading to numerous convictions. (Trending: Democrat Found Guilty In Corruption Trial)
“This case was about bribery and extortion occurring at the highest level of Chicago city government,” U.S. Attorney Morris Pasqual said.
“Burke has his hand out for money. He tied the giving of official action by him to the giving of money to him.”
“Alderman Burke is a very powerful alderman. This case has had massive publicity, and I’d like to think that public officials who are out there who are tempted to start down this path will be on further notice that the federal government is out there, the FBI is out there,” Pasqual said.
The outcome underscores the prevalence of public corruption in the state and its potential implications for the Democratic Party.