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Illinois 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 ...

Report: Broke States Just Might Have Political Corruption To Blame

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

A legacy of political corruption is costing a number of U.S. states much more than their reputation, according to a new study. The study, authored ...

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).

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...

Judges Hear Arguments In Blagojevich's Appeal

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.13.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal judges considering an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have pressed lawyers to differentiate between...

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...

William Beavers Starts 6-Month Jail Sentence

Posted 12.02.2013 | Chicago

Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers reported to a Minnesota prison Monday to begin serving a six-month sentence for a corruption convictio...

Appeal Court Upholds Sentence Of Official Who Bilked Town For Millions

AP | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court is upholding a nearly 20-year prison sentence for a thieving former bookkeeper who stole almost $54 million f...

A New Trial For Blago?

AP | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court says it will hear arguments next month on granting a new trial to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. A Friday po...

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...

How Much Chicago Food Can Chicago Corruption Buy?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

What will $500 million buy you, in terms of orders of some great Chicago foods?

Report: Obama Could Pardon Sandi Jackson

Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago

There may be some good news at last for ex-Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, wife of disgraced Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. "The hottest rumor to come d...

Metra Asked To Revoke Ex-CEO's UNREAL Severance Package

Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago

In a new report, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) unleashed a hailstorm of criticism on Metra officials, blasting the agency for giving the...

Chicagoans Weigh In On Jesse Jackson Jr. Verdict

Posted 08.14.2013 | Chicago

Disgraced U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, learned their fate Wednesday as a federal judge sentenced the o...

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...

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.

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...

Citizens are sounding off, with a vengeance

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.05.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Since legislators ended their spring session Friday night with little significant to show for it other than fracking regulations and the concealed...

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...

Letters To Jackson Jr. Judge A Bizarre Mix Of Angry, Heartfelt Pleas

Posted 05.14.2013 | Chicago

When it comes to sentencing former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, ex-Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson, it seems everyone has an opinion. ...

Some Public Officials Paying Exorbitant Parking Fees -- On Your Dime

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Alden Loury/BGA, with NBC 5 | Posted 05.02.2013 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the ...

Ex-Official Convicted Of Lying For Decades About Tainted Water

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.29.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — After a former suburban Chicago water official was convicted Monday for lying about secretly mixing carcinogen-tainted well water into...

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Bipolar Disorder May Factor Into Prison Sentence

Posted 04.26.2013 | Chicago

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has a new sentencing date as his slated appearance in court has been pushed back — a whole three days, to Jul...

Leading Candidate To Replace Corrupt County Pol Has Ethics Troubles

Posted 04.10.2013 | Chicago

The candidate likely to fill the seat of Cook County Commissioner has something in common with its former occupant: a checkered past when it comes to ...