Susana Mendoza Distances Herself From Ed Burke


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza, who has been close to Ald. Ed Burke in the past, says that given the charges against him, he should give up his political powers.

Burke helped Mendoza when she first ran for the Illinois Legislature and Chicago city clerk. His wife, Anne Burke, chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, officiated at Mendoza’s civil wedding ceremony.

Burke, who chais the influential Finance Committee, has supported Gery Chico for mayor.

On Thursday, Mendoza said the federal charges against Burke – that he effectively tried to shake down a restaurant that needed city permits – are sad for voters and the city.

“It’s an unfortunate turn of events, but it is what it is, and I think the city needs to move on from this. It’s time for the chairman to step down from his position on the Finance Committee, which is such a critically important position for Chicagoans.

“And I’d say it’s probably time for new leadership in the 14th Ward, as well.”

Mendoza, who currently is Illinois State Comptroller, was at WBBM Newsradio Thursday for a taping of “At Issue.” It airs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Furthermore, the time has come for new leadership in the 14th Ward. While due process should be afforded to everyone, should he choose to continue as Alderman in light of this formal federal investigation, voters will have an opportunity to voice their concerns in February.

— Susana A. Mendoza (@susanamendoza10) January 3, 2019