Thanks to the Chicago Sun-Times for revealing the depth of Ed Burke's greed, and by extension the petty venality of corrupt Chicago politicians.
Two articles worth reading:
- Burke’s breaks: Embattled alderman got tax cuts on home, office just by asking
- Ald. Edward Burke built ‘special police’ force after Rahm cut bodyguard detail
For most of us, saving $1,511.58 in property taxes would be a big deal; we'd be delighted to be able to dial up the county assessor and ask for the break. For Burke, saving $1,511.58 hardly required lifting a finger.
I guess for someone as rich as Burke, made so by the power and position he inherited from his father, you finagle a little $1,500 here and $1,500 there and pretty soon you can live in a gated mansion that rises like a castle in the neighborhood.
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