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Feds Raid Ald. Carrie Austin’s Far South Side Ward Office

An FBI spokeswoman told Block Club Chicago agents had "conducted court-authorized law enforcement activities" in the area.

Ald. Carrie Austin has served the 34th Ward since 1994.
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CHICAGO — Federal agents raided the Far South Side ward office of Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) on Wednesday.

An FBI spokeswoman told Block Club Chicago agents had “conducted court-authorized law enforcement activities” in the area on Wednesday but declined to comment further.

Videos and photos showed agents carrying boxes out of Austin’s ward office at 507 W. 111th St.

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The raid comes just months after FBI agents went through Ald. Ed Burke’s (14th) City Hall and ward offices in November. Burke, the city’s longest-serving alderman, was eventually charged with attempted extortion.

The case against Burke ultimately revealed former Ald. Danny Solis (25th) had worn a wire when speaking to Burke to help the feds — something that nearly brought Austin to tears, she said at the time.

“You don’t do that. You just don’t,” Austin said.

Austin has been the alderwoman in the ward since July 1994, when then-Mayor Richard Daley appointed her to replace her dead husband, Lemuel Austin.

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