Rep. La Shawn Ford

State Rep. La Shawn Ford arrives at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Monday, when federal prosecutors dropped 17 felony bank fraud charges, and he pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor tax charge. (Credit: CBS)

Feds Drop Bank Fraud Charges, State Rep. Ford Pleads Guilty To Tax Charge

In a rare and surprising move, federal prosecutors have dropped 17 felony bank fraud charges against state Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), and allowed him to plead guilty instead to a single misdemeanor tax charge.

08/04/2014

Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford (Credit: CBS)

State Representative Elected To Local School Council

An Illinois state representative who once proposed merit pay for local school council members was among the 6,000 people recently elected to LSCs in Chicago.

04/11/2014

State Rep. La Shawn Ford walks through a crowd of dozens of supporters at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, after pleading not guilty to bank fraud charges on Dec. 11, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. La Shawn Ford Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

As he made his first court appearance on federal bank fraud charges, state Rep. La Shawn Ford got the rock star treatment from dozens of West Side residents who came out to show their support for the embattled lawmaker.

12/11/2012

Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford (Credit: CBS)

Indicted State Rep. Ford Asks House To Let Him Stay

La Shawn Ford is urging his colleagues to reserve judgment and allow him to continue to serve.

11/30/2012

Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford (Credit: CBS)

State Rep. La Shawn Ford Indicted For Bank Fraud

State Rep. La Shawn Ford has been indicted on federal bank fraud charges, accused of falsifying bank loans to get an additional $500,000 in credit for his real estate business, and then using the funds for personal and campaign expenses.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Advocates Bemoan Loss Of State’s ‘Transitional Assistance’ Program

Illinois’ “Transitional Assistance” program has helped homeless, disabled and unemployed state residents for years, but now it’s gone away, a victim of the state’s budget shortfall.

CBS 2–07/13/2011