Will Ed Burke be the biggest fish in Chicago that the FBI has ever snared?

This just in: Sources: Federal agents raid powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke's City Hall office.

Oh wow. Is the Trump justice department prepared to indict Ed Burke, the longest serving alderman--50 years? So soon before the "powerful" Burke runs again from the southwest side 14th ward? To me that would be the biggest fish among the dozens that have been landed by the FBI since 1972. And just before the indicted  Ald. Willie Cochran will stand trial.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Some might argue with me, putting up their own candidates for the king fish. (Here's the full list of convicted aldermen.) Chief of them would be Tom Keane (31), considered to be the second most powerful pol in Chicago (right behind Mayor Richard J. Daley), so powerful that no one thought that the feds could lay a glove on him. The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled unconstitutional the portion of the mail-fraud law under which Mr. Keane was found guilty.

Other notables include Fred Roti (1) widely considered to be the outfit's voice on the City Council; Lawrence Bloom (5), the purest of the pure progressive aldermen; Ed (Fast Eddie)  Vrdolyak (10); Sandi Jackson (7), wife of the esteemed Jesse Jackson Jr, daughter-in-law of the more esteemed Jesse Jackson, and on and on. Just too many to list here.

The saddest part is just how cheaply the aldermen could be bought. Some went to prison for accepting bribes for as little as $1,500.

But why I am picking only on aldermen when the landscape is littered

Federal agents raided the office of Ald. Edward Burke on Nov. 29, 2018. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

Federal agents raided the office of Ald. Edward Burke on Nov. 29, 2018. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

with political ex- or now-serving cons. For a stunning list of the scores of public officials convicted of public corruption in Chicago and Illinois, go here.  It's more than stunning, it's staggering and mind-boggling, cementing Chicago's and Illinois' reputation as the most corrupt in America.

First always in the past, present and future.

Here's something to launch 10,000 speculations: Burke was President Donald Trump's tax attorney for Trump Tower.

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  • Who are we to judge? Besides his wife, of course.

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