Chicago Ald. Burke pleads not guilty in federal court to corruption charges

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CHICAGO -- One of the most powerful aldermen in Chicago's history has pleaded not guilty to federal political corruption charges.

Alderman Edward Burke, 75, was straight faced throughout a very quick arraignment Tuesday morning. Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of Burke and his two co-defendants; the alderman’s ward employee Pete Andrews and Real Estate Developer Charles Cui.

The 75-year-old alderman offered no comment as he arrived for his first court hearing in this case, in which he faces 14 corruption counts for allegedly using his aldermanic powers to steer business to his private law firm.

According to federal indictment, Burke’s alleged schemes involved the renovation of a Burger King, development of the Old Main Post Office and a fee request by a Chicago museum.

Burke maintains his innocence and has yet to address the federal charges. He has also not responded to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s request for his resignation as the 14th Ward alderman.

Burke and his co-defendants are due back in court on July 2 for a status hearing.

 

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