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Plan Emerges To Wrest Workers Comp Fund From Ald. Burke (AUDIO)

December 12, 2018

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A city ordinance has been filed that would take control of Chicago’s $100 million Workers Compensation Fund and wrest it away from embattled Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke.

The proposed ordinance would transfer control of the fund to Chicago’s Corporation Counsel, who is part of the mayor’s office. Right now, the authority resides with the Finance Committee, and there is little or no oversight.

Ald. Scott Waguespack, who chairs the council’s Progressive Caucus, insists this proposal has nothing to do with the recent federal raids on Ald. Burke’s offices, or the apparent investigation of him.

But, Ald. Anthony Beale—who often works with Burke—isn’t convinced. He believes the move is politically motivated and “has everything to do with the elections” next February, he said.

Mayor Emanuel was noncommittal of the proposal. He said he doesn’t care where Workers Comp “sits.”

Alderman Burke would not comment.