CHICAGO | Powerful Chicago council member charged in federal probe

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CHICAGO  — Jan 03, 2019—One of the most powerful City Council members in Chicago has been charged with trying to shake down a fast-food restaurant seeking city remodeling permits, according to a federal complaint unsealed Thursday.

Alderman Ed Burke, 75, is charged with one count of attempted extortion for conveying to company executives in 2017 that they’d get the permits if they signed on as clients at Burke’s private property-tax law firm in Chicago, the 37-page complaint says.

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