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Posted on Dec 9, 2008 in Across the US, Barack Obama, Democrats, Government

Governor Blagojevich keeps a long-standing Illinois tradition running, political corruption

I’m sure by now you’ve read all the exciting details regarding Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, his arrest, and the pending corruption charges for trying to sell the keys to the United States Senate seat recently vacated by Barack Obama.

While the story itself is exciting political drama, the history of political corruption in Illinois is something that is even more profound.

Here are just a few other examples of political corruption in the state of Illinois over the last few years:

  • 2007 – Chicago Alderman Arenda Troutman (D) was charged with bribery
  • 2006 – Former Illinois Governor, George  Ryan (R), was found guilty on all counts brought forward by the federal government in a case stemming from the illegal sale of government contracts and leases.
  • 2006 – Chicago City Clerk Jim Laski (D) pleaded guilty to pocketing bribes for steering city business to trucking companies
  • 2003 – Chicago Alderman Percy Giles (D) was found guilty on charges of racketeering and extortion.
  • 1999 – Chicago Alderman Lawrence S. Bloom (D) sentenced to 6 months for filing a false tax return.
  • 1999 – Chicago treasurer Edward Rosewell (D) pleaded guilty to mail fraud but was not sentenced due to an illness that he died from soon after.
  • 1999 – Chicago alderman Virgil E. Jones Jr. (D) was sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison for extortion.
  • 1998 – Chicago alderman Joseph A. Martínez (D) pleaded guilty to ghost payrolling and was sentenced to 5 months in prison.
  • 1998 – Chicago alderman Allan J. Streeter (D) pleaded guilty to extortion and filing false income tax returns and was sentenced to prison.
  • 1997 – Illinois State Senator Bruce A. Farley (D) sentenced to 18 months in prison for mail fraud
  • 1997 – Chicago alderman Jesse J. Evans (D) sentenced to 41 months in prison for racketeering, extortion, conspiracy, attempted extortion, mail fraud, influence peddling, filing false tax returns, and obstruction of justice.
  • 1996 – Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano (D) pleaded guilty to extortion and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
  • 1995 – Illinois State Senator John A. D’Arco Jr. (D) served about 3 years in prison for bribery and extortion.
  • 1994 – Chicago judge Thomas J. Maloney Jr. (D) sentenced to almost 16 years in prison for taking bribes, extortion and obstruction of justice.
  • 1993 – Chicago alderman Fred B. Roti (D) was sentenced to 48 months in 1993 for racketeering, conspiracy, bribery, among other things.
  • 1992 – Illinois State Representative James DeLeo (D) was indicted by a federal grand jury for taking bribes.
  • 1992- State Treasurer Jerry Cosentino (D) was convicted on federal check kiting charges.
  • 1987 – Former Governor Daniel Walker (D) convicted of wrongdoing in connection with Savings & Loan and sentenced to federal penitentiary.
  • 1974 – Former Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, was found guilty on charges of bribery, tax evasion, and mail fraud while in office.

I guess it’s just another chapter in Illinois political history.

Source: Political Scandals of the United States