A former Cook County Commissioner and an ex-Chicago alderman who previously spent time behind bars on a bribery conviction were among seven men arrested Thursday on federal corruption charges.
Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno and former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano, who was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison in connection with Operation Silver Shovel in 1996, were charged with allegedly accepting kickbacks to sell bandages to Chicago-area public hospitals, NBC Chicago reports.
In addition, Moreno is further accused of taking a $5,000 bribe in exchange for lending his political support to the development of a Cicero waste transfer station.
The two men appeared in court Thursday afternoon to be charged one day before U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald steps down from his post, according to ABC Chicago. Five businessmen were also charged with corruption.
Medrano, 58, was first elected to the Chicago City Council in 1991 and represented the city's 25th Ward. Moreno, 59, was first elected to the Cook County Board in 1994 and hired Medrano as an administrative assistant at his office in 2008. Moreno lost his re-election bid -- and Medrano lost his $75,000-a-year post -- in 2010, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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