Chicago Politicians Quiet After Burke Raid

The Corruption Party has had one party rule in Chicago for decades. Nothing is changing.

No one represents Chicago’s old-school machine politics — or what’s left of it — more than City Hall’s longest-serving and most powerful alderman, Ed Burke.

But in the wake of federal agents raiding Burke’s City Hall and 14th Ward offices Thursday, the 21 candidates running for Chicago mayor — most of them on a proclaimed platform of reform — had very little to say about one of the most astonishing political developments in the city’s recent memory.

There were no news releases, few tweets and little professed outrage.

That’s because many of the race’s front-runners have some form of exposure, serving alongside Burke in the city’s political hierarchy, or counting him as a friend or mentor. And as the Burke investigation plays out in the final months of the Feb. 26 mayor’s race, the political fallout will leave some grasping for how to reconcile their self-professed desire to change City Hall with their ties to an iconic Chicago politician in the crosshairs of federal investigators.

On Friday, at least, few of them were talking.

2 Responses to Chicago Politicians Quiet After Burke Raid

  1. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Awful, awful liberal corruption.

    Liberals stay silent on evil because most of the time, liberals cannot properly define evil when it comes to government corruption, or when it comes to basic social values.

  2. Merlin says:

    Burke’s associates are probably too busy researching global vacation destinations without U.S. extradition agreements to be commenting on Big Ed’s current woes.

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