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

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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.

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