Burke’s Daughter Appointed To $117,000 State Post

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The daughter of Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke has been appointed to a state post.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, Jennifer Burke, 41, who is an attorney by trade, has been named by Governor Quinn to the Illinois Pollution Control Board, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

The board is an independent organization created by the state Environmental Protection Agency and responsible for deciding contested environmental cases.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

The Chicago Tribune quotes a spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn as saying Ms. Burke focuses on regulatory and environmental protection issues in her current position as a city assistant corporation counsel supervisor.

She will be paid $117,000 in her new role.

Justice Burke told the Tribune that her daughter’s appointment was “absolutely not” connected to campaign donations to Quinn. The Friends of Edward Burke campaign gave Quinn a $200,000 loan in his gubernatorial campaign, and has donated more than $52,000 since Quinn took office, the Tribune reported.

Quinn was sworn in by Justice Burke when he took office in January 2009, following the impeachment and dismissal of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Burke’s nomination will have to go before the Illinois Senate for confirmation.

  • What!?!

    Oh I just cannot believe this. Even after all of the political scandals that this state has had, these people have the nerve to do something like this out in the open. I’m so sure that her hiring had nothing to do with the political connections of her family…..not. I’m pretty confident that in a state with this many people, someone else who is equally qualified for that job/position could have been found. Just business as usually in this hellhole of a state.

    • ChicagoCitizen

      Why would they look elsewhere for someone when she was available and had a good reference, an alderman. This is how business is done in America in the private as well as the public sectors, it’s always a good thing to know someone. Why does it always have to be some kind of conspiracy?

  • tom Sharp

    I’m sure the result of an exhausting search for the best and the brightest! Against all odds the Democrats managed to find a governor every bit as bad and corrupt as Blago! TERMS LIMITS OF ONE!!!

    • tom Sharp

      A much more serious question for you is why you repeatedly choose me when almost every but you and patronage apologist “Chicago Citizen” have the same anit-administration views on almost all of these issues?? I see it as you being patronage pimps yourselves (if in fact you’re not one and the same person) or just too inept to come up with any original thoughts. Ergo, Your opinion and $2.25 get me a ride on the EL. Get well soon, as for Joy, Mimi, Unhired, et al. we’ll keep trying to throw bums out!

      • tom not too Sharp

        I grew up in Daley connected Bridgeport. I couldn’t get a city leech job because I couldn’t stand the man and wouldn’t campaign for him. As you probably know 1/3 to 1/2 of the people here work for the city. They think that their poop doesn’t stink.
        When I read your comments it reminds me of how I used to be. I decided years ago to let it go. There is nothing that you or I can do about it. I now will never imitate your name or bother you again about it. But please trust me, let your anger go, I promise you’ll live longer.

    • tom not too Sharp

      Why must I cry about things I have no control over ?

  • Joy

    Will she have 6 bodyguards also?

  • Lew

    Shocking! They should take people like Richard Daley, Pat Quinn, Todd Stroger, Jesse Jackson Jr. and whoever else got their job because of color, ethnicity and nepotism and just flush them down the toilet. Try doing something on your own jerk face! I’m sure it’s pretty miserable out there in the real world without daddy’s connections. In the real world, you actually have to beat your competition to get ahead. Nobody is going to hand you anything.

  • mimi harris

    Business as usual, especially with Ed Burke. Burke and Speaker Madigan are two of our state’s biggest problems!

    • lima

      I agree but how is it they are constantly retained in office?


    I’ve been trying to get a job with the state for 10yrs without any luck passed all their required test and scoring very high.I know what the problem is my dad is not not ald burke and I’M WHITE.

    • Bored at Work

      Are you at least Irish? If so, you’ll easily get hired.

  • Angry

    As long as the public continues to reelect these people the problem will exist!

  • ralph

    Just more Illinois Democrat political sleaze.

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