Federal prosecutors on Friday announced the indictment of a Lake Forest businessman who allegedly hired the law firm of Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, to grease a favor he needed from City Hall.
This accusation should sound familiar. Prosecutors in January charged Burke with one count of attempted extortion for allegedly pressuring fast-food executives to hire his firm, which specializes in property tax appeals. When the executives didn’t follow through with the law business, Burke slow-walked permits they needed from City Hall to renovate their Burger King restaurant, prosecutors have alleged.