Ald. Burke Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Corruption Charges

Nancy Harty
June 04, 2019 - 7:40 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago's longest-serving alderman pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he used his office for political gain, during a brief court hearing Tuesday morning.

Ed Burke did not talk during or after his arraignment on attempted extortion, bribery, racketeering and other charges. 

The 75-year-old stood before a federal magistrate surrounded by his lawyers and those for co-defendants Peter Andrews, a top political aide; and developer Charles Cui.

Burke faces up to 20 years in prison for the most serious charge. 

Before his next court appearance on July 2, he is forbidden from talking to anyone named in the 14-count indictment. That includes former Ald. Danny Solis, who wore a wire for prosecutors.  

 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has called on Burke to resign.