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Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas Finance Committee

FILE - In this May, 4, 2011, file photo, Chicago Alderman Ed Burke speaks at a City Council meeting in Chicago. Alderman Burk
FILE - In this May, 4, 2011, file photo, Chicago Alderman Ed Burke speaks at a City Council meeting in Chicago. Alderman Burke and the council are preparing for a "Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation" on Aug. 15, to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Dearborn that left 60 Americans and 15 Native Americans dead. Joseph Podlasek, the executive director of the American Indian Center of Chicago ,says he is angered and offended by Burke's description of the battle during a speech Monday, June 18, 2012 in Chicago, saying it unfairly portrays Native Americans as brutal savages. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

A federal grand jury has demanded that a City Council committee led by a powerful alderman turn over records related to a program that last year alone paid out $115 million to disabled city workers, according to documents obtained by the Tribune.

Prosecutors sent subpoenas to the Finance Committee long led by Ald. Edward Burke, 14th. The Aug. 3 request asks for access to a host of records related to the "duty disability" program.

The subpoenas were issued about one week after city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, a former federal prosecutor, announced that Burke's committee had rebuffed his attempts to obtain many of the same records.

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