Ald. Ed Burke wins re-election in 14th Ward despite criminal charge

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CHICAGO — The 14th Ward has been a sure-fire stronghold for Ald. Ed Burke since the 1960s, and even though he faces a federal extortion charge, he retained his seat Tuesday.

Burke faced two challengers: community organizer and activist Jaime Guzman, who was endorsed by the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, and Tanya Patino, a civil engineer who was backed by Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

WGN called the race for Burke after he secured 55 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting.

WGN's Patrick Elwood caught up with Burke as he tried to leave his ward office Tuesday night through the back door.

"With what I'm hearing about my colleagues around the city, in so many upset races, that it does make me feel even better," Burke said.

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