A former Chicago Police officer and four co-defendants were convicted Tuesday of various charges in a federal case that involved allegations of murder, robbery and kidnapping — and even provided a glimpse into City Hall’s zoning politics.
An admitted drug trafficker assumed the $15,000 he allegedly paid two attorneys more than a decade ago was used in part to pay bribes to Ald. Ed Burke (14th) and others to get the zoning on his Southwest Side property changed to build apartments, according to a motion by federal prosecutors.
Testimony in a federal drug conspiracy trial this week detailed a kidnapping-for-ransom scheme orchestrated by the victim’s granddaughter.
To one of Chicago’s most powerful politicians, Saul Rodriguez was just another young real-estate developer. It turned out he was also a reputed narcotics trafficker.
A retired Chicago Police officer is charged with several others in a racketeering conspiracy involving the kidnapping, robbery and murder in a cocaine distribution ring.