Feds raid Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin’s 34th Ward office

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CHICAGO — Federal agents raided the ward office of another Chicago alderman Wednesday. The FBI confirmed they were “conducting court-authorized law enforcement activities” in the area of 34th Ward Ald. Carrie Austin’s campaign office, which is located on West 111th Street. It is unknown what the agents were looking for and no charges have been filed. During the raid, Austin was with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announcing the “Summer for Change” program to protect kids from violence over the summer. The event took place at Percy Julian High School, where seven of Austin’s children attended. Lightfoot spoke to the media later Wednesday and said she did not know the raid was coming. “It’s obviously a serious thing. I know what you know,” she said. “I’ve been following the news reports over the course of the day. … I can’t say that expected it. I don’t have insight into the scope and perimeters of the federal investigation are. ” Austin is the second-longest serving alderman on the City Council behind 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke. Austin has been serving the 34th Ward since 1994, which includes West Pullman, Washington Heights, Morgan Park and Roseland. WGN News attempted to contact Austin at her residence but no one answered the door.

Austin is known for her close ties to Burke when she was the budget chair and he headed the Finance Committee.

Austin has resisted oversight at City Hall. Back in 2016 she and Burke delayed effort by the inspector general to more closely scrutinize City Council Committees.

Lightfoot replaced Austin as budget chair with Alderman Pat Dowell. 

The feds have been zeroing on City Hall as part of a widespread investigation, sources say. 

Alderman Danny Solis wore a wire and recorded conversations with aldermen and insiders and Burke has been charged with attempted extortion. 

 Austin has reportedly not been charged with a crime.


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