Edward M. Burke

Edward M. Burke is a Principal of the firm. In addition to his active participation in the firm, Mr. Burke has been a civic and community leader for over 40 years. Mr. Burke has served as a member of the Chicago City Council since 1969 and as Chairman for the Committee on Finance from 1983 to 1987 and from 1989 to the present.

Mr. Burke currently serves as a member of the Chicago Plan Commission and formerly was counsel to the Illinois Municipal Problems Commission.

DePaul University College of Law: J.D., 1968

DePaul University: B.A., 1965

Illinois Bar

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Southside Bar Association

Women’s Bar Association

Celtic League Society (Past President)

Public Service
Alderman, 14th Ward, City of Chicago, 1969 to present

Democratic Committeeman, 14th Ward, City of Chicago, 1968 to present

Chairman, City Council Committee on Finance, 1983-1987, 1989 to present

Vice Chairman, City Council Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics, 1983-1987, 1989 to present

Member of the following City Council Committees: Aviation, Budget and Government Operations; Rules and Ethics (Vice Chairman); Energy, Environmental Protection and Public Utilities; Police and Fire; Finance (Chairman); Zoning

Chicago Police Officer, 1965-1968

Member, Economic Development Commission, City of Chicago 1983-1987, 1989-1999

Member, Chicago Plan Commission, City of Chicago1983-1987, 1989 to present

Chairman, Board of Trustees, Policemen’s and Firemen’s Death Benefit Fund, 1983-1987, 1989 to present

Commissioner, Chicago and Cook County Criminal Justice Commission, 1975-1980

Delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004

Honorary Director, Chicago Convention & Tourism Board, 1996 to present

Member, Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve, 1999 to present

Chairman, Judicial Slatemaking Committee, Democratic Party of Cook County

Lloyd’s of London, Underwriting Member, 1980 to present

Co-Author, End of Watch: Chicago Police Killed in the Line of Duty, 1853-2006

Co-Author, Inside the Wigwam, Chicago Presidential Conventions, 1860-1996

Community and Service Activities
The United Service Organizations (U.S.O.), Board of Directors

One Hundred Club of Cook County

Military Order of the World Wars

Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, 85th President and 86th Chairman of the Board Southwest Realty Board

Back of the Yards Businessmen’s Association

Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Member

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Knight Commander

Southwest Parish Neighborhood Federation Chicago Lawn Chamber of Commerce

American Legion, Frank Leahy Post 1974

Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta

Illinois Committee for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve

Celtic Legal Society of Chicago, Past President

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, Founding Member

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

Loyola University Chicago, Council of Regents

Rush Cancer Center Institute, Leadership Committee