Chicago council member resigns amid extortion charges

CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime Chicago Alderman Ed Burke is resigning from the City Council’s finance committee a day after he was charged with attempted extortion. Investigators allege Burke tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain that was seeking city remodeling permits. Burke has denied any wrongdoing. Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement Friday saying Burke has agreed that “the best course of action is for him to resign” from the finance post he’s held for 30 years.