On February 24, 2010, the Public Affairs Committee of the Union League Club of Chicago welcomed the Honorable Edward M. Burke, the dean of the Chicago City Council. Mr. Burke has served as Alderman of Chicago’s 14th Ward for more than four decades. He is a recognized expert of the Chicago’s city budget matters and is Chairman of the City Council Committee on Finance.
The Public Affairs Committee hosted the event to hear Mr. Burke’s comments regarding the Democratic Party’s slate selection of Cook County judges. Mr. Burke stated that of the 11 slated candidates by the Democratic Party, only 7 of them succeeded at the polls. Questions were taken from the audience with respect to the effectiveness of this process and comparison to other court plans and the merit selection of judges. Mr. Burke commented that the election of a downstate Illinois Supreme Court justice accounted for nearly $8 million in campaign spending for the two candidates.
In attendance was Robert Kreisman, a member of the Public Affairs Committee.
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