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Chicago Corruption

Still Ain't Ready for Reform

Dick Simpson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

Once again the Chicago City Council proved it's not ready for reform. Recently, the council voted unanimously to pass the second set of reforms proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ethics Task Force, except as the reforms would apply to them.

Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of 'The Hog With The Big Nuts'

Posted 12.03.2012 | Chicago

Potential jurors in the William Beavers tax evasion trial will field questions about IRS audits and their feelings about gambling as the selection pro...

Another Illinois Politician Indicted On Fraud Charges

Posted 11.29.2012 | Chicago

Updated story Another Illinois state lawmaker is in trouble with the Feds: State Rep. LaShawn Ford has reportedly been indicted on federal bank fra...

2 Undercover Cops Claim Blacklisting Over Reporting Corruption

Posted 11.02.2012 | Chicago

Two Chicago police officers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging that high-ranking Chicago Police Department officials blacklisted them after the...

Election Shocker: Chicago Voters Denied Rights

Mark Steinberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

The importance of the volunteers cannot be overstated. In particular, their familiarity with the quirks of Chicago's antiquated voting machines enabled confused voters to do what they had come to do.

Cop Arrested After Soliciting, Accepting $5K Bribe

Posted 09.20.2012 | Chicago

An 18-year veteran Chicago police officer was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly solicited and accepted a $5,000 cash bribe in return for letting a...

State House Expels Member For First Time In Century

Posted 08.17.2012 | Chicago

Updated story The Illinois House of Representatives on Friday took the historic move to expel one of its members for the first time in over a centu...

'Crook County'? Romney Advisor Slams Obama's 'Chicago-Style' Politics

Posted 07.17.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's history doesn't exactly help dispel the city's reputation for crooked politics (see slideshow below), but a recent series of attacks on the ...

Indicted Lawmaker: Federal Prosecutor A 'Rooster With No Nuts'

Posted 07.05.2012 | Chicago

Indicted old-school Chicago lawmaker William Beavers lashed out Thursday in a press conference against the recently-retired prosecutor who charged him...

Ex-Alderman, County Commissioner Arrested On Corruption Charges

Posted 06.28.2012 | Chicago

A former Cook County Commissioner and an ex-Chicago alderman who previously spent time behind bars on a bribery conviction were among seven men arrest...

Report: Corruption An 'Epidemic' In Illinois, Possibly Worse Beyond Chicago's Borders

Posted 06.25.2012 | Chicago

Chicago has long held a reputation for being rife with corruption, a legacy that starts with the "Windy City" nickname and trails all the way to forme...

Chicago's Corruption Doesn't End at City Limits

Dick Simpson | Posted 08.25.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

The usual story has been that Chicago is corrupt but the suburbs are examples of honest, effective government. This week, with University of Illinois at Chicago colleagues and students, I am releasing a report that proves that popular image false.

Ex-Blagojevich, Jackson Fundraiser Arrrested On Fraud Charges

Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago-area entrepreneur was arrested Wednesday morning by the FBI on a bevy of mail fraud and tax evasion charges. Raghuveer Nayak, former Illi...

Indicted Lawmaker Has A New (Democratic) Challenger

Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

A 40-year-old finance attorney has thrown his hat into the ring as a possible successor to indicted Illinois state representative Derrick Smith. La...

PHOTOS: Chicago's Most Notorious Tax Fraudsters

Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago

Considering Chicago's reputation as home to the nation's largest concentration of corrupt elected officials, it is not terribly surprising that the Se...

Alderman: Arrested State Rep Should 'Get Back To Work' Or Resign

Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago alderman urged indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) to either "get back to work" or to resign following a federal corruption charge...

Embattled County Official Holding McDonald's Fundraiser To Pay Legal Bills

Posted 04.09.2012 | Chicago

A Cook County official facing federal tax-evasion charges is reportedly holding a fundraiser at a Navy Pier McDonald's to help cover his legal costs. ...

As Graduation Rates Plummeted, Ex-College Chief Cashed Out

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Patrick Rehkamp | Posted 03.30.2012 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association As graduation rates were bottoming out at the City Colleges of Chicago in 2009, then-Ch...

Beavers Pleads Not Guilty On Tax Fraud Charges

Posted 03.03.2012 | Chicago

Shortly after embattled Cook County Commissioner William Beavers pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges Friday, he lashed out against U.S. Attorney P...

Beavers To Appear In Court Friday On Tax Fraud Charges

Posted 02.28.2012 | Chicago

The arraignment of Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, who stands accused of tax fraud, has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Friday. Beavers, 77, ...

PHOTOS: Corruption In Illinois Through The Years

Posted 02.25.2012 | Chicago

On Thursday, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was indicted Thursday on allegations of tax fraud. While the news made a few front pages the fol...

Cook County Commissioner Indicted On Tax Charges

Posted 02.23.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was indicted Thursday on allegations of tax fraud. The Chicago Tribune reports that Beavers, 77, allegedly...

Chicago Deserves a Political Makeover

Alonso Zaragoza | Posted 04.22.2012 | Chicago
Alonso Zaragoza

Nepotism and patronage might have been useful in old Chicago, but they have no place in today's society.

Changing Our Corrupt City's Course

Dick Simpson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

Unless Chicagoans give a damn, we will never have the votes at the ballot box or in the city council to end the endemic cultural of corruption which has plagued this city since the first public corruption convictions in 1869.

Official Gets Sarcastic 'Valentine' From Political Opponent

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, who has said on multiple occasions that he hires his family members and does not feel bad about doing so, received a...