May 9, 2016
The Trump International Hotel and Tower looms over the Chicago River, with giant letters spelling out the name of the tycoon. You would think Trump would pay tons of property taxes for this massive building, the second tallest in the city. But Alderman Edward Burke’s law firm has helped Trump “save” 11.7 million dollars in property taxes over the last seven years – money stolen from the services and schools for the population.
Ed Burke is one of the most powerful leaders of the Chicago Democratic Party machine. He replaced his father as alderman in 1969 – and he’s still there. He chooses who the Cook County Democratic Party will nominate to be judges, and he funnels campaign cash to Democrats across the state.
He also runs a law firm that helps corporations avoid property taxes. And over the years, his law firm has pulled out every trick in the book to reduce Donald Trump’s taxes.
Republicans like Trump and Democrats like Burke work together to steal money from the schools and services people in Chicago need, all so rich investors like Trump can have even more private jets and gold-plated bathroom fixtures.