No pow-wow yet for Emanuel and powerful alderman

Ed Burke: 'I think he's been busy'

April 13, 2011

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Ald. Ed Burke chairs the Chicago City Council Finance Committee.

Since his election, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has yet to meet or talk to one of the most powerful aldermen in the city council.

Emanuel said last week he'd met with about 40 current or incoming members of the council. That does not include, though, Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke.

"I've sent him a letter that says congratulations and good luck," Burke said Wednesday, describing the extent of his communication with the mayor-elect.

The 14th Ward alderman supported another candidate - Gery Chico - in the race for mayor.

"I think [Emanuel has] been busy with a lot of planning meetings. I know he's been out of town for a while," Burke said. "So, no, that's not surprising [that we have not talked]."

Told that it seems like Emanuel has met with most of the other aldermen, Burke replied, "Maybe he's saving the best for the last."

A spokesperson for Emanuel declined to comment, as did the current mayor, Richard Daley.

"I don't know about that," Daley said. "That's their problem, not mine."

Emanuel gets sworn-in on May 16th, as does Burke and the rest of the city council.