A Measley Grand?
- Ald. Edward Burke (14th) accepted money from a charter-school group shortly after signing a letter of support for a new Noble high school on the Southwest Side, but — after he disclosed the donation to elections officials — the campaign contribution never made it to the bank.
Ald. Edward Burke (14th) signed a letter dated Aug. 20 expressing support for the new Noble Network of Charter Schools campus set to go at 47th Street and California Avenue. The letter was addressed to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Board of Education President Frank Clark and Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Forrest Claypool.
The board signed off on that Noble high school at its October meeting.
On Sept. 8, Burke reported on state-mandated campaign disclosure forms that his campaign fund Friends of Edward M. Burke had received a $1,000 contribution from INCS Action PAC, the political action committee for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.
So....what now? It certainly looks like a "quid pro quo" situation - what is referred to as a "legal bribe." The only thing missing appears to be the deposit. So Burke did it for free?