Thomas Vranas Wants Probation For Role In CPS Bribery ScandalThomas Vranas asked a judge Thursday to sentence him to probation for his role in a bribery scandal.
Ald. Willie Cochran Indicted For Extortion, And Stealing From CharityAld. Willie Cochran (20th) has been indicted on federal charges, for allegedly shaking down businessmen in his ward for bribes, and for allegedly looting money from a charity he ran.
Former Pharmacy Execs Allegedly Paid Bribes To Illinois DoctorThe indictment alleges that Michael L. Babich, 40, along with five others, conspired to bribe practitioners in various states to prescribe Subsys, a powerful narcotic intended to treat cancer paints dealing with intense pain. In exchange for the bribes and kickbacks, the doctors allegedly wrote large numbers of prescriptions — most not even for cancer patients.
Former City Official Gets 10 Years In Red Light Camera Bribery CaseA former Chicago transportation official has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a company in Phoenix.
Father, Son, Who Scammed Schools Out Of Millions, Plead GuiltyA suburban father and son accused in 2014 of scamming public school district out of millions — only to post diamonds and rubies to get out of jail — pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail fraud.
Building Inspector Charged With Demanding $300 BribeChicago building inspector Roberto Uribe just wanted “some appreciation” from a local property owner, the feds say. “And that appreciation is gonna be $300,” Uribe allegedly told the owner. “Now how quickly can you get me my money?”
CPS Sues Byrd-Bennett, SUPES Academy For $65 MillionThe Chicago Public Schools have filed a lawsuit seeking to recover $65 million from former CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and SUPES Academy, the principal training firm at the center of a kickback scheme that led to her guilty plea on corruption charges.
Former City Official Convicted Of Red Light Camera Bribery SchemeA former top city official has been convicted of all charges accusing him of taking up to $2 million in bribes and illicit gifts in exchange for steering more than $100 million in red light camera contracts to an Arizona firm.
Former Cook County Recorder’s Clerk Pleads Guilty To Accepting $200 Bribe A former clerk for the Cook County recorder of deeds’ office pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting a $200 cash bribe to prepare a falsified real estate deed.
Openings Expected In Red Light Camera Bribery TrialJohn Bills is accused of fixing a key commission vote to secure an initial deal for Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. in 2003. Redflex later signed other deals for Chicago's first red light enforcement program.
Former City Official's Red Light Cameras Bribery Trial To StartJury selection in John Bills' trial gets underway Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Chicago U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon will be among the trial prosecutors.
Ex-Rep. Derrick Smith’s Last-Minute Bid To Avoid Prison FailsA federal judge has ordered the West Side Democrat to report to prison by Friday and begin serving his five-month sentence for taking a $7,000 cash bribe.
Ex-CPS Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett Pleads Guilty To Kickback SchemeFormer Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme to steer more than $23 million in no-bid contracts to a former employer for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks.
Feds: Ex-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett To Plead Guilty To Corruption ChargesThe indictment alleges she steered no-bid contracts to SUPES for kickbacks and bribes. Byrd-Bennett, 66, of Solon, Ohio, is charged with 15 counts of mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud in the indictment.
Former Recorder Of Deeds Clerk Indicted On Fraud ChargesA former clerk for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds has been indicted on federal fraud charges after prosecutors say she accepted a $200 cash bribe to prepare a falsified real-estate deed.