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Chicago Corruption

Ex-Chicago Alderman Convicted In Bribery Scheme

Posted 06.17.2013 | Chicago

A former Chicago alderman appears to be heading back to prison after a jury convicted him on a federal bribery charge in court Monday. Jurors delib...

Would Making Chicago Our State Capital Reduce Political Corruption?

Posted 05.21.2013 | Chicago

Is the geographic remoteness of Illinois' state capital relative to most of the state's population a major contributing factor to its historically hig...

Stanley Moore Appointed To County Board Despite Ethics Fine

Posted 04.11.2013 | Chicago

Cook County's Democratic leaders have spoken, and their choice for the replacement of disgraced ex-county commissioner William Beavers is a candidate ...

Moving Trucks Spotted At Jackson Jr.'s Chicago Home

Posted 04.04.2013 | Chicago

Moving trucks seen hauling boxes out of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Chicago home on Wednesday raised questions concerning whether the ex-congressman, awaiting...

Jury Finds William Beavers Guilty Of Tax Evasion

Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

The long-delayed trial for Cook County Commissioner William Beavers finally reached a conclusion Thursday after a jury found the 78-year-old guilty of...

Chicago Dem's Tax Trial Gets Off To Dramatic Start

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.14.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A powerful Chicago politician fond of playing slot machines spent thousands of dollars from his campaign coffers at a casino and then ...

Tax-Evasion Trial Beginning For 'Hog With The Big Nuts'

Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago

The delayed tax-evasion trial of Cook County Commissioner William Beavers is set to get underway with jury selection Monday in Chicago. Beavers has...

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s District Has Long History Of Corruption

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 02.24.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- They elected a Harvard-educated Rhodes Scholar and ended up with a congressman who was convicted of having sex with an underage campaign wo...

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.

4 Of Last 7 Illinois Governors Went To Prison

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.30.2013 | Chicago

-- Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan will be leaving prison and heading to a halfway house after serving more than five years for corruption. His depa...

Convicted Ex-Powerbroker Reports To Prison

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 03.24.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A well-connected businessman once known as the King of Clout for the enormous behind-the-scene influence he wielded in Illinois politi...

New Illinois Legislature Includes 3 Facing Criminal Charges

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As members of Illinois' newest General Assembly took the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebu...

City Asks Judge To Erase Landmark 'Code Of Silence' Verdict

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.04.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago is asking a judge to erase a landmark verdict that found there exists a code of silence in the police department that l...

County Commissioner's Tax Trial Delayed

AP | Posted 12.04.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The trial of an influential Chicago-area politician is being pushed back into next month. Jury selection was set to continue Tuesday in th...

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...

Lawmakers Rally To Unseat Indicted State Rep, Fellow Dem

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 10.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Since the heyday of the city's machine politics, punching a straight Democratic ticket on Election Day has been as dependable a Chicago tra...

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.

Ex-Powerbroker Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 12.04.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge sentenced former Illinois powerbroker William Cellini to a year in prison Thursday for conspiring to shake down a movi...

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...

Ex-Governor's Appeal Denied In Federal Court

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 10.06.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A federal court in Chicago on Monday denied George Ryan's latest appeal seeking his release from prison, dashing what was widely regarded a...

'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...