Federal authorities have accused of steering legal work in exchange for financing and a license for a redevelopment project to some powerful Chicago alderman, that a real estate developer.
Charles Cui, 48, is charged with bribery, official misconduct and creating a false statement to the FBI, according to an indictment made public Friday. The indictment doesn’t refer by title to Alderman Ed Burke, but he is described by it by his titles, the Chicago Tribune reported.
75, burke, was indicted this year on charges alleging that he attempted to shake a restaurant owner who wanted to construct in his ward. He denies wrongdoing and will be free on a $10,000 bond.
Cui referred a reporter but hung up after being asked who that was, when reached from the Chicago Sun-Times. Cui is a partner of a business that owned land in the northwest side of Chicago.
Burke, who had been re-elected in February, has been on the council for three years has chaired its finance committee, which makes decisions about the town’s budget is spent and for 50 years. Even the Democrat’s law business, Klafter & Burke, specializes in private property taxation law.
Authorities allege that Cui transferred to change property tax appeal function after the city denied a license for an indication for a merchant at Cui’s job. The permit was important because a tenant could cancel reduce rent payments or its lease with no hint, to Cui, officials say.