What's Bad For Ald. Burke Is Good For The Opponents Who Want To Unseat Him

Bob Roberts
January 03, 2019 - 9:38 pm

Ed Burke's 14th Ward Office was closed Thursday. (WBBM Newsradio)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Candidates seeking to unseat Ald. Edward Burke in Chicago's southwest side 14th Ward and their campaign workers took to the streets Thursday when federal prosecutors announced an attempted extortion charge against Burke, Chicago's longest-serving alderman.

As Burke stood before a federal magistrate judge, 28-year-old Tanya Patino went door-to-door in the 51st Street business district surrounding the incumbent’s ward office.

Patino said she has anticipated Burke being charged, ever since the FBI first showed up on the alderman’s doorstep in November.

"Our community deserves to get its ward back," she said.

But old habits and fears die hard. Patino said that while many people were willing to speak with her, no one was taking window signs -- yet. She said they still fear retribution.

Also running for the aldermanic seat are Jose Torrez, Jaime Guzman and Irene Corral, according to the Chicago Board of Elections website.