The City Hall and ward offices of a Chicago alderman and attorney who represented President Donald Trump were raided by the FBI on Thursday, showing up unannounced, forcing staff to leave and papering over the windows, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
The reason behind the federal agents visit to Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke’s offices was unclear, the Sun Times reported, but this is not Burke’s first run-in with the FBI during his more than five decades in Chicago politics.
Burke, a Democrat, has been targeted for defeat by Congressman-elect Jesus “Chuy” Garcia because of his property-tax appeal work on the riverfront tower that bears the name of President Donald Trump.
Garcia, a former alderman and departing member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, said Burke’s work for Trump was disrespectful to his Hispanic constituents, who are now a majority in his ward.
“The fact that he has been Trump’s lawyer on reducing his property taxes and has been part of the property tax system in Chicago that has affected working people more than anybody else in a regressive manner are issues that have to be taken into account,” Garcia said earlier this year.
As an attorney, Burke has represented clients doing business with the city, which has forced him to abstain from many votes — a situation that has found the alderman facing frequent criticism over the years.
Burke’s firm, Klafter & Burke, repeatedly has sought to reduce the property taxes that Trump Tower and other commercial properties have to pay — a lucrative business that’s also enriched Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, D-Chicago.