The most powerful aldercreature, leader of the Finance Committee, ruler of the Airports, king-maker, judge appointer, steering the Titanic as we serfs toil in the engine room:
- While the mayor was rallying support for the largest property-tax increase in city history Tuesday, one of the most powerful aldermen in the Council Chamber had something else on his mind — like what to slap on his head, pardner.
Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the City Council's senior alderman and chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, was captured looking at cowboy hats on his smartphone during Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speech. A person sitting in the upstairs gallery for the invitation-only event took a picture of the alderman at work and sent it to DNAinfo Chicago.
Didn't this guy have his own police radio call sign? Car 1 was the mayor. Wasn't Car 2 Burke? And Car 3 was the Supernintendo. And he's looking at hats while screwing taxpayers to the tune of nearly $600 million.