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Chicago Corruption

Illinois State Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford pleaded guilty to misdemeanor tax fraud Monday at a federal court hearing in Chicago. The Chicago ...

Illinois Is in Good Company: Check Out the 10 Most Corrupt States in the US

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.17.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

I don't need a Google search to tell me that Illinois has become synonymous with political corruption. Just look at our track record of governors: four out of the last seven have been to prison (or are still in prison).

Illinois State Rep Convicted Of Bribery

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, June 10 (Reuters) - A federal jury on Tuesday found an Illinois state representative guilty of taking a $7...

Maybe This Is Why People Aren't Voting In Illinois Anymore

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

A new poll just might help explain why voter turnout was so abysmally low in the recent Illinois primary. According to data released Monday by Sout...

Prison, Indictment No Bar To Victory In Illinois Primary

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, March 17 (Reuters) - In the Illinois primary elections on Tuesday, candidates on Chicago's Democratic ball...

2 Ex-Cons Running For Cook County Board

Posted 12.03.2013 | Chicago

If Chicago continues to be dogged by corruption and the "Crook County" reputation, it's probably because stuff like this keeps happening: Two ex-convi...

Prosecutors Respond To Blagojevich Appeal

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors are challenging the notion that the behavior that landed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's behind bars for corruption was run...

Jacksons Selling D.C. Home To Pay Restitution To Feds

Posted 10.26.2013 | Chicago

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is planning to sell his family's Washington, D.C. home in order to help foot the bill of the $750,000 in fines he o...

Excerpt: 'Only in Chicago'

Natasha Korecki | Posted 11.26.2013 | Chicago
Natasha Korecki

Throughout Harris's testimony, jurors heard how Blagojevich spent his days as governor. He passed much of his time at his home, ordering two state-paid workers to research future high-paying jobs for him. The secret recordings revealed that the plotting was constant.

Ex-County Commissioner Gets 6 Months In Prison For Tax Evasion

Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago

Ex-Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday morning to serve six months in prison and pay tens of thousands of dollars in fees...

Daley Relative Got Extra Tax Breaks For 12 Years

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Patrick Rehkamp/BGA | Posted 09.20.2013 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the ...

City Inspector General Reappointed In Rare Rahm About-Face

Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago

In a surprise move, Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson will be reappointed to another four-year term at his post -- though he will step down afte...

Ex-Chicago Comptroller Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption Charges

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago

By Brendan O'Brien Aug 19 (Reuters) - Chicago's former comptroller pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday to charges that he to...

Ex-Chicago Comptroller Indicted On Federal Fraud Charges

Posted 08.16.2013 | Chicago

Just three weeks after he abruptly resigned as Chicago's city comptroller, Amer Ahmad was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges related to h...

Blagojevich-Linked Figure Gets 27 Months

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A building contractor who says a seductive but unsavory world of the rich and the powerful in Illinois led him astray was sentenced We...

Madigan Ally In Metra Patronage Scandal Was Getting Big Pension

Posted 07.26.2013 | Chicago

It turns out the man at the center of the Metra patronage scandal was receiving a sizable city pension at the same time he asked House Speaker Mike Ma...

Reformer Alderman Facing Multiple Ethics Probes

Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

A Chicago Alderman known for reform-minded politics and going against the grain of former Mayor Richard Daley's administration is facing "multiple" et...

Ex-Metra CEO Describes Alleged Mike Madigan Pay Deal

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A former California transit executive tapped to clean up Chicago's scandal-tarnished Metra commuter rail agency said Wednesday he was ...

Is Nepotism Dying in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

There is an upcoming test case which that help to determine whether nepotism is actually dying in Illinois, or if it is poised to come roaring back. This pass/fail test is for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Cook County Official Hired Niece For Six-Figure Job

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Robert Herguth/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX 32 | Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago

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Blago's Lawyers Scrambling To Meet Deadline To Appeal Conviction

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's lawyers were working Monday to meet a deadline to file what could be a book-length, 100-page appeal calling for the ...

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

While many people relaxed in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, Illinois was buzzing from the recent release of former Governor George Ryan, Bill Daley's endorsement from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Quinn's partial veto of a concealed carry firearms bill.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Wants To Head Behind Bars Before Wife Sandi

Posted 06.18.2013 | Chicago

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi appear to be preparing for the likely possibility that they will both be heading to prison wh...

Chicago's Next U.S. Attorney Faces Urgent Dilemma

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.18.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago's next U.S. attorney faces a dilemma sprung from the twin evils bedeviling America's third-largest city. Should he zero in on...

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...