Wagues­pack gives away cam­paign money re­ceived from Burke

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Ald. Scott Wagues­pack (32nd) an­nounced Fri­day that he has do­nated all cam­paign money he’s re­ceived through the years from Ald. Ed­ward Burke’s po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tees.

The money, about $1,450, has been given to an ef­fort to pay for re­pairs and back taxes to help save the Mont­ford Point Ma­rine As­so­ci­a­tion chap­ter house in En­gle­wood.

“Any­one who has watched Ald. Burke and I butt heads over the years knows that I’ve re­mained fiercely com­mit­ted to the fight for good, eth­i­cal gov­ern­ment and re­form in City Council,” Wagues­pack said in a state­ment. “I’m proud to do­nate ev­ery dollar to the valiant cam­paign by res­i­dents to save Mont­ford Point.”

Burke, 75, faces fed­eral charges that he tried to shake down a Burger King fran­chisee for busi­ness for his le­gal firm while the fast-food op­er­a­tor needed per­mits to re­model a restau­rant in Burke’s 14th Ward. Burke has said he’s done noth­ing wrong.

“We need to come to­gether as a city and put our money where our hearts should be,” Wagues­pack said. “The vet­er­ans who use the Mont­ford Point Ma­rine com­mu­nity cen­ter as a home base for char­i­ta­ble works can­not be left out in the cold.”

The Mont­ford Point Marines were African-Amer­i­can men re­stricted to a seg­re­gated boot camp in Camp Le­je­une, North Carolina, and who served from 1942 to 1949.

In Chicago, the Mont­ford Point Ma­rine As­so­ci­a­tion’s chap­ter op­er­ates out of a build­ing in the 7000 block of South Vin­cennes Av­enue in En­gle­wood. It faces a Feb. 1 dead­line to pay $75,000 in back taxes. The build­ing also needs re­pairs.

A GoFundMe cam­paign de­voted to the cause had raised about $24,500 of a $200,000 goal as of Fri­day.

Ald. Scott Wagues­pack

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