ENTERED OFFICE: 1969, winning a special election upon the death of incumbent Joseph Burke, his father
PREVIOUS LIFE: Cop
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Wife Anne Burke is a state supreme court justice
WHAT ELSE: Runs a law firm that represents numerous city contractors. Receives millions in contributions from politicians and business interests. Finance committee chairmanship gives him oversight of billions of dollars in city expenditures.
QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS: Was Burke secretly behind the challenge to knock Emanuel off the ballot? How much will Emanuel make him grovel to keep his committee chairmanship?Return to the City Council guide