Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Another office of a Chicago alderman raided by feds

Austin street banners in her ward
in 2016
Late last year the FBI raided the City Hall office of 50-year alderman Ed Burke (14th). He's since been indicted.

Today the feds visited the ward office of another South Sider. It also was not a social call.

From NBC Chicago:
Federal agents raided Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin's office in the city's 34th Ward Wednesday, with multiple sources saying they were executing a search warrant.

Agents descended on Austin's ward office, located at 507 W. 111th St. in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. The front door to the office was locked, with a passerby's knock going unanswered and private security guards later turned away.
Austin has previously faced criticism and controversy for hiring her son as ward superintendent, particularly after then-Inspector General Joe Ferguson alleged in 2016 that he and a Streets and Sanitation employee covered up the details of a 2012 car accident in which Austin's son was driving without a valid license. He later resigned his position.
This is the latest example of "Chicago values."

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