FBI found 23 guns in Burke's office, local research group says
Longtime Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, facing a federal attempted extortion charge, was required to turn over almost two dozen firearms during an FBI raid on his office in November, according to a local research group's online post earlier this month.
"The FBI found 23 guns in Alderman Burke’s office, and he was ordered to hand them over as part of his bail conditions," Capital Research Center reported on Jan. 4. "That is a somewhat unusual finding, especially given that Alderman Burke was the lead sponsor of a city ordinance that would require banks doing business with the City of Chicago to require their business customers to follow a number of strict gun control protocols, including prohibiting the sale of so-called 'high capacity' (in practice, conventional-capacity) ammunition magazines."
Burke is accused of trying to shake down executives of the national fast food restaurant chain Burger King in 2017 while it was seeking remodeling permits.
Burke has said he is "not guilty of anything" and has "done nothing wrong."
On Sunday, mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle announced the return of $116,000 raised during a fundraiser at Burke's home, according to a local news report. Earlier, Preckwinkle removed Burke from his longtime seat on Cook County Democratic Party's judicial slating panel.