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State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Smith’s Attorney: Taking Money Not Necessarily A Bribe

“One could certainly accept money as a public official without that acceptance of money being a bribe,” defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky said after Smith pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Wednesday.

04/16/2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

Feds: Rep Derrick Smith Admitted He Screwed Up Over Bribe

In the two years since he was indicted on bribery charges, state Rep. Derrick Smith has defiantly maintained his innocence in public, but within hours of his arrest, he allegedly admitted to FBI agents that he “f – - – ed up” when he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe.

04/16/2014

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Former Stroger Aide Gets 51 Months For Bribery

U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said the 51-month sentence “will send a message to the public that corruption does not pay and that there are significant consequences,”

03/21/2014

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Judge Denies Certificate Of Innocence For Former Death Row Inmate

A former death row inmate who was cleared of a double homicide in a re-trial five years ago was denied his “certificate of innocence” Tuesday after a judge issued a lengthy ruling doubting his credibility.

03/05/2014

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Ald. Brookins Aide Accused Of Taking Bribe

Curtis V. Thompson Jr., chief of staff for Ald. Howard Brookins, has been charged with taking a $7,500 bribe to help fix an alcohol license application.

02/28/2014

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Former County Commissioner Moreno Gets 11 Years For Bribes

“There were so many schemes, over so long a period of time,” Judge Gary Feinerman said in handing down the sentence on Tuesday. “The conduct was so brazen. It was not an aberration. It was standard operating procedure.”

02/19/2014

Raghuveer Nayak,‘ a former campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who was also a key figure in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday, June 20, 2012 after a court hearing. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Jackson Fundraiser To Be Sentenced In Unrelated Bribery Case

A Chicago-area businessman convicted of bribery is scheduled to be sentenced, and a federal judge may consider the man’s alleged role in the scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

01/22/2014

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Smith’s Bribery Trial Delayed

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman expressed frustration with both sides that the issue arose at the last minute.

01/16/2014

Former Ald. Ambrosio Medrano (CBS File Photo)

Judge: Ex-Alderman Medrano Pulled Off ‘Corruption Trifecta’

U.S. District Judge John Tharp gave the disgraced politician the additional 30 months in prison for paying a bribe to seal a dirty deal to win medical contracts from Los Angeles County.

01/14/2014

Former Ald. Ambrosio Medrano (CBS File Photo)

Former Alderman Gets 10.5 Years For Bribe Scheme

Disgraced former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano was sentenced to 10½ years in prison Friday by a federal judge who called the serially corrupt Southwest Side politician a “cynical” operator who followed the city’s unofficial motto, “Where’s mine?”

01/10/2014

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Federal Informant Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Michael DiFoggio, 58, was found inside the office of his business in the 3200 block of South Shields Avenue, around 10 p.m. Tuesday, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

10/30/2013

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Two Former Cook County Employees Convicted In Bribery Case

Two Cook County employees who took bribes to lower property tax bills were convicted on all four counts connected to the scam Monday morning.

10/28/2013

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Berrios Says Bribery Case Trial Testimony Is ‘A Total Lie’

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios had one word Wednesday to describe testimony linking him to allegedly corrupt property tax adjustment deals in a federal bribery trial: “Bull—-.”

10/24/2013

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Feds Indict Former City Comptroller For Ohio Money Laundering Plot

A former Chicago city comptroller and former Ohio state deputy treasurer accused in a bribery and money laundering scheme will plead not guilty, his attorney said Friday.

08/16/2013

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Ex-Commissioner Moreno Pleads Guilty To Bribery Charges

Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno has pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges, for allegedly taking kickbacks to direct business to county hospitals, and for backing a waste transfer station in Cicero.

07/01/2013

Former Ald. Ambrosio Medrano (CBS File Photo)

Former Alderman Medrano Convicted In Bribery Case

A jury has convicted a former Chicago alderman of a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

06/17/2013

Former Ald. Ambrosio Medrano (CBS File Photo)

Jury Selection Begins For Former Alderman Medrano’s Bribery Trial

A former Chicago alderman who was convicted in one of the city’s most famous corruption cases was back in court on Monday to stand trial on federal bribery charges.

06/03/2013

John Harris, former Chief of Staff for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building following his arraignment on charges related to the racketeering and fraud case against Blagojevich April 16, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich was arraigned April 14 on 16 criminal counts including racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Judge Ends Ex-Blagojevich Aide’s Probation Early

Rod Blagojevich’s ex-chief of staff is free and clear of the justice system after a federal judge in Chicago ended his two-year probation period early.

04/25/2013

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

White: Lawmakers Should Do ‘Whatever They Can’ To Kick Smith Out Again

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said Saturday he hopes state lawmakers find a way to oust Derrick Smith from the Illinois House again, after he was re-elected despite being ousted by his colleagues over his bribery indictment.

WBBM Newsradio–11/10/2012

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

After Reclaiming Seat, Smith Pledges To Work With Lawmakers Who Booted Him

Fresh off regaining his seat in the Illinois House on Tuesday, Derrick Smith starred in a wild episode of Chicago-style politics Thursday morning, claiming himself to be “a new man,” and slamming Democratic Party leaders who tried to stop his bid to get back to Springfield.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2012

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