b. December 17, 1951
Illinois, House of Representatives (1991-)
Assistant House Majority Leader
Brother of Edward Burke, Dan Burke started his career in the Chicago City Clerk's office, rising the Deputy City Clerk under Edward Burke protege Walter Kozubowski, but he added a second job in the Illinois House when his brother, 14th Ward Alderman and Democratic Committeeman, slated him for State Representative instead of long-time 14th Ward operative, Robert Krska in 1990.
Dan Burke retained his Deputy Clerk position until retiring in 2003, despite a series of scandals in the Clerk's office, including his first boss, Kozukowski, going to prison for federal charges and Kozuboski's replacement, James Laski, also going to prison for federal charges. Through it all, Dan Burke was never charged.
While not a bad state legislator, Dan has done little to distinguish himself in his 20+ year legislative career. He now lobbies City Hall a second career.
Important Political Events
- 1990, Elected to State Representative, defeating incumbent Robert Krska and Aloysius Majerczyk
- 1993, Managed Clerk's office after Clerk Walter Kozubowski convicted of federal charges
- 2003, Retired as Deputy City Clerk
- 2010, Reelected State Representative, defeating Rudy Lozano, Jr.