Thursday, November 7, 2019

About that search warrant raid on Ald. Carrie Austin

Over the summer Ald. Carrie Austin (Ward 34) saw her offices raided by federal authorities on a search warrant and if I recall this Sun-Times article was the first time she spoke out about it.
After the ceremony, Austin said she is confident the ongoing federal investigation won’t end with any indictments — either of her or her relatives, employees or associates.

What makes her so sure?

“Faith. … I try to live my life above board. If I haven’t, then I have to reckon that with God — not man,” she said.

She said she doesn’t believe she is under a “federal cloud.”

“I haven’t been charged with anything,” she said. “They’re looking to see if am I associated with something. I am not.”

Austin maintained her innocence despite being reminded the feds don’t get a warrant to raid a politician’s ward office without convincing a judge there is probable cause that a crime has been committed and evidence of that crime is inside.

“They were investigating,” the alderman said.

She declined to answer further questions.

“It’s over. … If you don’t want to talk about this [project], then I don’t want to talk. I’m not gonna let you worm me into that conversation,” she added.

“Let’s talk about this situation. Not about anything else.”
h/t Capitol Fax. As of late and in the Chicago area there have search warrants executed on a lot of people from politicians to business owners who are politically connected. A member of the state house resigned after being arrested on corruption charges.

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