Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Brother of Ald. Ed Burke - Rep. Dan Burke’s scholarship records subpoenaed - CORRUPTION?
PHOTO: Legislative tuition waiver records for state Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), pictured here in 2011, have been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Chicago that is leading a criminal investigation into abuses within the scandal-tainted legislative scholarship program. The subpoena, disclosed by the Illinois House clerk's office Wednesday, was issued in March.
SPRINGFIELD, IL — College tuition waivers awarded by a member of one of Chicago’s best-known political clans are under criminal investigation by a federal grand jury probing possible abuses in the state’s soon-to-be-dismantled legislative scholarship program.
The grand jury in Chicago subpoenaed State Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), brother of Ald. Ed Burke (14th) and brother-in-law to Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, making the veteran House Democrat at least the third known current or former lawmaker whose waivers are being probed by the feds.
The March 21 subpoena, released by the Illinois House in response to an open-records request by the Chicago Sun-Times, seeks “all information” about “Representative Daniel J. Burke’s procedures for the establishment, awarding and operation of the Illinois General Assembly Scholarship.”
The federal government’s request to Burke also seeks records “pertaining to receipt of any funds or gift in connection with the award of the scholarship, including the identity of any person/entity giving any funds or gift, the amount or gift received, and the date received.”