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Encyclopedia > Edward Burke

Edward M. Burke (born December 29, 1943) is alderman of the 14th Ward (map) in Chicago. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected to the Chicago City Council in 1969 and represents part of the city's Southwest Side. December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... An alderman is a member of a municipal legislative body in a town or city with many jurisdictions. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois Counties Cook, DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Chicago City Hall, adjacent to the Richard J. Daley Center, houses the chambers of the Chicago City Council. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


Early life

Burke is a lifetime resident of Chicago, he attended Quigley Preparatory High School and then went on to DePaul University where he earned his undergraduate and law degree. DePaul University should not be confused with DePauw University. ...

Public Service

Burke became a police officer after graduating from DePaul and went to law school while he was an officer from 1965-69. Burke was elected Democratic Committeeman in the 14th ward in 1968 and retains that position. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...

Currently, Burke is a member of the Chicago Planning Commission and Economic Development Commission.

Aldermanic career

Burke has been alderman for more than three decades, first elected in 1969. He succeeded his late father in the position. He was an unsuccessful candidate for State's Attorney against the current Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1980. At the time Burke was aligned with Daley's rival, Mayor Jane Byrne. He was, along with Alderman and Cook County Democratic Party Chairman Edward Vrdolyak a leader of the "29", a faction of white, machine alderman who controlled the City Council and were in constant conflict with the minorities and white liberals known as the "21" who supported Mayor Harold Washington from 1983-1986, a period referred to as the Council Wars. Some wags referred to Vrydolyak and Burke as "Fast Eddie" and "Slow Eddie." 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Richard M. Daley is the current mayor of Chicago. ... Jane Margaret Byrne (born May 24, 1934) was the first female Mayor of Chicago, Illinois. ... Edward Vrdolyak (pr. ... Harold Lee Washington (April 15, 1922 – November 25, 1987) was a lawyer, legislator and the first African American Mayor of Chicago, Illinois serving from 1983 until his death in 1987. ... Council Wars was a nasty, racially polarized political war in the city of Chicago from 1983-1986. ...

As alderman, he is an advocate for cutting waste from city government without raising taxes. To accomplish this he has encouraged the hiring of outside experts to monitor the city’s fiscal policies, proposed privatization of some city services, and conducting efficiency studies of city departments.

Burke has served for many years as the powerful Chairman of the Committee of Finance. Additionally, he serves on Aviation; Budget and Government Operation; Energy, Environmental Protection and Public Utilities; and Zoning.

Personal life

Alderman Burke’s wife Anne was installed as an Illinois Supreme Court Justice on July 4, 2006 and has served as an Illinois Appellate Court Justice. Their children are Jennifer, Edward, and Sarah; their son Emmett was killed in a snowmobiling accident in 2004. In February 1996, the Burkes became foster parents to a child born to a woman suffering drug addiction. The child's natural mother, Tina Olison, sued to regain custody of her child several times before the Illinois State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Burkes in 2001.[1]

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