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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

Joseph Berrios

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

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)

Facing Bribery Charge, Derrick Smith Wins Back Seat In Illinois House

Despite having been indicted for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe, and having been booted out of the Illinois House, former state Rep. Derrick Smith has won his seat back in the General Assembly.

CBS Chicago–11/06/2012

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Appeals Court: Bribes Too Small To Convict Zoning Inspector

An appeals court has reversed the bribery conviction of a Chicago zoning inspector on grounds the value of two $600 payoffs he received weren’t high enough.

10/11/2012

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)

Jesse White: ‘Going To Do All We Can’ To Defeat Smith’s Bid To Regain Seat

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says, if he knew then what he knows now, he would never have supported indicted former State Rep. Derrick Smith, and there would be no controversy about the fate of Smith’s former House seat.

CBS Chicago–09/24/2012

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)

State Senator Works To Keep Derrick Smith From Being Reelected

Illinois State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) says he will do everything he can to prevent Rep. Derrick Smith from being reelected.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2012

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) (Photo credit: akin.org)

Opinion: Akin Incident Shows Contrast Between The Republicans And Democrats

Republicans are kept accountable for their own misspeaks and actions. Unlike the Democrats’ life jacket being tossed out to a sinking politician by the Party, when a Republican politician does the inexcusable, the Republican Party throws him an anchor – and that’s how it should be.

08/23/2012

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)

State House Expels Rep. Derrick Smith

The Illinois House of Representatives has voted to expel state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–08/17/2012

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)

Expulsion Vote Coming Friday For Rep. Derrick Smith

A vote is coming Friday that could expel Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) from the General Assembly.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2012

Karl Rove (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Opinion: Karl Rove’s Super PAC For Hire

Karl Rove has come up with a business, his Super PAC, that offers wealthy businesses with legal problems potential for relief.

08/06/2012

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