A former chief of staff to Ald. Howard Brookins pleaded guilty Thursday to taking a $7,500 cash bribe from an undercover FBI informant at a 2013 Christmas party at the alderman’s office, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Attorneys for an Illinois legislator on trial for bribery suggested during cross-examination of an FBI agent that their client was entrapped by a government informant and federal investigators.
Agent Ryan McDonald testified Friday at state Rep. Derrick Smith’s trial. McDonald says the application for a wiretap indicated the campaign worker-turned-informant had one arrest. He actually had 22.
Gunned down last year in front of his terrified young son and girlfriend within days of being unmasked as a cooperating witness, Keith Daniels helped police solve one of Chicago’s highest-profile murders of 2011 — the botched drive-by shooting of an innocent bystander, 13-year-old Darius “Bay Bay” Brown.