CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza, who has been close to Ald. Ed Burke in the past, says that given the charges against him, he should give up his political powers.
Burke helped Mendoza when she first ran for the Illinois Legislature and Chicago city clerk. His wife, Anne Burke, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, officiated at Mendoza’s civil wedding ceremony.
Burke, who chais the influential Finance Committee, has supported Gery Chico for mayor.
On Thursday, Mendoza said the federal charges against Burke – that he effectively tried to shake down a restaurant that needed city permits – are sad for voters and the city.
“It’s an unfortunate turn of events, but it is what it is, and I think the city needs to move on from this. It’s time for the chairman to step down from his position on the Finance Committee, which is such a critically important position for Chicagoans.
“And I’d say it’s probably time for new leadership in the 14th Ward, as well.”