When Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart was thinking about running for Chicago mayor, he got one of his biggest campaign contributions from The Burnham Committee, one of Ald. Edward M. Burke’s political funds.
The $10,000 campaign gift came after Dart hired the 14th Ward alderman’s son, Edward M. Burke Jr., as an assistant chief deputy sheriff — a job that paid $65,616 a year, county records show. Last year, Dart promoted the younger Burke — and gave him a 25 percent pay raise.
Burke Jr. holds one of 210 jobs in the sheriff’s office that are exempt from the Shakman decree, the federal court order that bans patronage hiring for most government jobs in Cook County. ...More HERE