A let­ter to Harold Wash­ing­ton in heaven: Your buddy (ha!) Ed Burke is in trou­ble

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

Dear Harold,

How’s heaven?

Haven’t writ­ten to you lately be­cause I know you’re an avid reader, and I’m sure you’re busy keep­ing up with the Trump scan­dals.

But I must tell you, your good buddy Ed Burke is fac­ing crim­i­nal charges. Can you be­lieve both Burke and Ed Vr­dolyak are go­ing to stand trial!?

You al­ways said that Burke played the race card, while Fast Ed­die was more about power. I know you’ll never for­get the dirty deeds Burke did to you dur­ing Coun­cil Wars. It ticks me off that they held the city back dur­ing Coun­cil Wars, but you’re smil­ing, and we’re fi­nally go­ing to get some jus­tice.

Funny thing though — they didn’t charge him on the in­cred­i­ble mess around work­man’s comp, or over his tax work rep­re­sent­ing an­other soonto-go-un­der-guy-pol (Trump). Or one of the many other out­ra­geous acts over his 50-year term.

No, they charged him for squeez­ing a neigh­bor­hood fast food restau­rant by play­ing “the drive­way per­mit game,” so Burke could get tax busi­ness for his law firm.

Well, I’ll keep you posted, my best to your bud­dies in heaven. I knew you’d get a great laugh out of this.

Your vice-mayor and dear friend,

David Orr for­mer Cook County clerk

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