Chicago Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke’s office was raided on Thursday. Burke previously worked for President Trump and got his property taxes reduced by $14 million a year.
The FBI isn’t saying why they raided the offices and they placed paper over the windows to keep people from looking in. Burke has been dodging authorities for years, so it may not have anything to do with Trump, but Mueller has done things like this before just before the president was set to meet with world leaders, so that is also a real possibility.
The Chicago Sun Times reported:
Federal agents showed up unannounced at the City Hall office of Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke, kicked everyone out and papered over the windows Thursday morning.
The nature of their visit was not known, but Ald. Burke (14th) has dodged dozens of federal investigations over five decades in Chicago politics.
Federal agents also showed up to Burke’s ward office and papered over the windows there.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment. Calls to the FBI office in Chicago and the IRS criminal investigations division were not immediately returned.
Burke’s brother, state Rep. Dan Burke, reached in Springfield, was stunned by the news.
“It’s shocking. I don’t know what to think,” Burke said from his state capitol office.
“I don’t have a clue. Any time there is this type of thing, where they come in and paper your windows, certainly that’s a concern. But I know my brother. For his entire life and career he’s been abiding by the law.”
Burke is leaving the legislature, having been defeated by a little-known candidate backed by Jesus “Chuy” Garcia after a campaign dominated by Ed Burke’s property-tax reduction work for the tower along the Chicago River bearing the name of Donald Trump.