By Associated Press - Sunday, May 1, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - A law firm headed by one of Chicago’s most powerful Democrats has helped Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump and investors in his luxury downtown hotel receive nearly $12 million in property tax breaks.

A review of city tax records by the Chicago Sun-Times ( ) found that the law firm of Klafter & Burke helped the hotel and other occupants of the 92-story skyscraper earn a total of $11.7 million in tax reductions in six of seven years.

Alderman Edward M. Burke’s firm is now trying to get partial refunds of those taxes, filing appeals in court and to a state agency that the amounts paid were too high in some years.

Trump didn’t respond to questions about how his use of the property tax lawyer. Burke declined to comment.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times,

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