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Chicago Alderman Edward Burke speaks during a city council meeting in Chicago, April 13, 2016 Photo: M. Spencer Green/AP

Jenner & Block’s ties to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois run long and deep. Now, the firm is defending one of the most high-profile Chicago politicians to be charged by that office.

The federal government Thursday charged powerful Chicago alderman Edward Burke with attempting to extort a business owner into using the alderman’s personal property tax appeals firm. Burke is the longest-tenured alderman in Chicago history, first elected to the City Council in 1969. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.

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