Chicago Old.Ed Burke will not seek re-election, ending 50+ years of campaigning


For the first time in over 50 years, Chicago’s Ald. Ed Burke’s name will not appear on ballots in the February local The ward alderman did not submit a petition for nomination by the 5:00 p.m. deadline on Monday.

Burke won a special election to fill 14th Having served 13 terms on the city council since March 1969, he has survived numerous high-profile disagreements and dozens of controversies with elected officials, including former mayor Harold Washington.

This election cycle, Burke did not say whether he would seek re-election, but his candidacy on the city council ends next spring after being indicted on federal racketeering and racketeering charges in 2019.

Federal law enforcement raided Burke’s office in City Hall in November 2018, using brown paper to obscure the windows and looking for clues to the extortion investigation.

Agents also raided Burke’s Alderman’s office, hauling out a computer and a box of papers.

Ultimately, he was criminally charged with 14 different counts.

After the indictment, Burke was removed as chairman of the finance committee.

As of noon Monday, two candidates have submitted petitions to run in the Feb. 28 Ward. Both Jeylu Gutierrez and Raul Reyes may be on the ballot, and other candidates must submit their petitions by 5 p.m. Monday.

Burke has yet to issue an official statement regarding his decision not to seek re-election.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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