Former Ald. Ed Burke’s sentencing has been delayed, only by a few days, because his initial scheduled date was set for a federal holiday.
The longtime 14th Ward alderperson and chair of the city’s Finance Committee was convicted in December on more than a dozen charges, including racketeering, bribery and extortion, during his landmark corruption trial.
Judge Virginia Kendall initially set his sentencing date for June 19 — which is also the Juneteenth holiday — but on Friday she pushed that date back to June 24.
Kendall on Friday also set a deadline of Feb. 19 for any post-trial motions from Burke or his convicted co-defendant Charles Cui. Prosecutors would then have until March 18 to respond to those motions, and the defense would have to reply by April 1.
Burke, 80, was found guilty of one count of racketeering, two counts of federal program bribery, two counts of attempted extortion and eight counts of using interstate commerce to facilitate an unlawful activity. The jury of nine women and three men also convicted businessman Charles Cui on five charges.
Former Burke aide Peter Andrews was acquitted on the five counts he faced.
Federal prosecutors told jurors Burke was “motivated by greed” and repeatedly used his powerful positions to punish and extort people and line his own pockets.
The verdicts came more than five years after FBI agents raided Burke’s City Hall and ward offices, carting away boxes of evidence and setting off a political earthquake that led to the election of Lori Lightfoot to replace former Mayor Rahm Emanuel while derailing the political careers of Burke’s allies and friends.
The longest serving member of the Chicago City Council in history, Burke became the 38th member of the Chicago City Council to be convicted of a crime since 1968.
Heather Cherone contributed to this report.