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Corrupt Illinois Politicians: Indicted Elected Officials Through The Years (PHOTOS)

William Beavers Indicted

First Posted: 02/25/2012 5:36 pm Updated: 02/25/2012 5:36 pm

On Thursday, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was indicted Thursday on allegations of tax fraud. While the news made a few front pages the following day, the city -- and state -- responded overall with a collective sigh.

Just last week, Chicago was named the most corrupt city in America according to a study by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

The report cites federal data showing that, between 1976 and 2010, there were 1,531 convictions for public corruption in "the federal district dominated by Chicago," according to the Associated Press.

U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the man who announced charges against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2008, has publicly said he plans to stop corrupt politicians from thriving in the state.

On Friday, Beavers told reporters he did not "give a f**k" about Fitzgerald, adding "F**k him."

Beavers is not the first local politician to proclaim innocence after an indictment -- and will sadly not be the last. We rounded up some other local politicians who have been charged with corruption in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois. Since 1,531 slides seemed excessive, we stuck to some of the most recent corrupt officials. And since Beavers has yet to have his day in court, we left him out... for now.

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In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to reporters as his wife Patti looks on at the federal building in Chicago after being sentenced for 14 years on 18 corruption counts. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, U.S. District Judge James Zagel agreed to allow Blagojevich to report to prison March 15. He previously was ordered to begin on Feb. 16. Zagel also agreed to recommend that Blagojevich be sent to the Englewood prison in Colorado. Federal prison officials have the final say. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
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