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Illinois Corruption

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...

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...

Town Comptroller Pleads Not Guilty To Stealing $53 Million

AP | ROBERT RAY | Posted 05.07.2012 | Chicago

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The former comptroller of a small northern Illinois city pleaded not guilty Monday to charges alleging she stole more than $53 milli...

Feds Take Horses From City Bookkeeper Accused With Stealing Millions

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.05.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The animals seized from a renowned horse breeder accused of using her day job as a city bookkeeper to steal millions in public funds have t...

State Senate Votes To End Legislative Scholarships

AP | SHANNON MCFARLAND | Posted 07.03.2012 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate agreed Thursday to stop letting lawmakers hand out free college education to certain constituents, remov...

Feds: Small Town Comptroller Actually Stole $53 Million

AP | Posted 05.02.2012 | Chicago

DIXON, Ill. -- The former financial officer for the small northern Illinois city of Dixon stole millions of dollars more than originally thought, fede...

Blago To Blame For Shady Jobs Program Spending?

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 07.01.2012 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois' top transportation official said Monday she approved more than $3 million in questionable payments for a 2008 summ...

Derrick Smith Pleads Not Guilty, Cries Entrapment At Arraignment Monday

Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

Updated story Derrick Smith, the Illinois state representative indicted last month on a federal corruption charge, will plead not guilty at his arr...

Small Town Swindle Suspect Allegedly Spent Stolen Millions On Horses

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 04.27.2012 | Chicago

DIXON, Ill. -- The small-town bookkeeper dazzled friends and co-workers with invitations to her immaculate horse ranch and home, where she displayed t...

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...

Where In The World Is Derrick Smith?

Posted 03.29.2012 | Chicago

Derrick Smith, the Illinois state representative indicted early this month on a federal corruption charge has kept a low profile since both his arrest...

In Illinois, College Can Be A Legislative Favor

AP | By CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Politicians love to talk about the importance of education. In Illinois, legislators go a step further and personally award schol...

ANOTHER Illinois Politician Arrested

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 03.13.2012 | Chicago

Updated story With one former governor already in prison and another heading there this week, Illinois politicians have been warned to stop their c...

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...

County Court Employee Allegedly A Gang Leader

Posted 03.02.2012 | Chicago

Though he was identified by the Chicago Crime Commission as a leader of a powerful gang in its most recent "Gang Book," a clerk at the Cook County Cir...

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, ...

Relatives Of Lobbyists, Campaign Donors Got Lawmakers' Help To Enter U. Of I.

Chicago Tribune | Jodi S. Cohen, Stacy St. Clair and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune Reporters | Posted 02.25.2012 | Chicago

Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union l...

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...

Corruption, And What to Do About It

Will Guzzardi | Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago
Will Guzzardi

Too many of us, when we think about politics here in Illinois, roll our eyes and throw up our hands. We need to fundamentally change the way business is conducted. The way I see it, there are three important ways to do this.

Judge Refuses Retrial For Former Powerbroker

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.24.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A federal judge denied a retrial Tuesday for longtime Illinois powerbroker William Cellini, rejecting arguments that he didn't get a fair t...

Judges for Sale

Dick Simpson | Posted 03.21.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

Campaign contributions for judges undermine the credibility of the judicial system. Merit selection of judges would be better, but public funding would lessen corruption immediately.

Epilogue: Will Politicos Learn From Blagojevich's Downfall?

Jack Conaty | Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago
Jack Conaty

Are longer prison terms the antidote to political corruption in this state? Will that be the legacy of the three-year Blagojevich spectacle? All that remains to be seen.

Blagojevich Adopts A Dog As Sentencing Hearing Nears

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

With his sentencing hearing beginning Tuesday, convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich spent his last free weekend quietly with his family ...