Former Ald. Willie Cochran Slams Prosecutors After Getting 1 Year For Wire Fraud; 'The Mistake I Made Was To Plead Guilty'A defiant former Ald. Willie Cochran accused federal prosecutors of lying and hiding evidence and said it was just "a bump in the road" after he was sentenced to a year in prison for taking more than $14,000 from a charity he created to spend on gambling and his daughter's tuition.
Former Ald. Willie Cochran To Be Sentenced For Stealing From Charitable FundFormer Ald. Willie Cochran will be sentenced Monday, three months after pleading guilty to a felony charge of wire fraud for misusing his campaign funds for gambling and other personal expenses, including tuition for his daughter.
Alderman Burke Pleads Not Guilty Federal Corruption ChargesAld. Edward Burke (14th) pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a new round of federal corruption charges, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for his resignation.
Support In 14th Ward For Ald. Ed Burke Continues Despite Corruption AllegationsSigns of support for Burke and his February campaign victory remain around the 14th Ward despite allegations against the alderman.
Lightfoot To Burke: Get Out NowLightfoot said what makes this indictment extraordinary is the number of instances in which Burke is allegedly using his position to line his pockets.
Developer Caught In Burke Shakedown ScandalCui already had gotten a promise of two million dollars in city TIF subsidies. Money that Burke voted to approve the year before. And money that would disappear if Cui couldn't close the deal.
South Side Ald. Willie Cochran Pleads Guilty To Federal Fraud ChargeSouth Side Ald. Willie Cochran pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of wire fraud for misusing his campaign funds for gambling and other personal expenses, including tuition for his daughter.
Former CPD Sergeant Eddie Hicks Found Guilty, Spent 14 Years On The LamA former Chicago police sergeant accused of leading a crew that shook down drug dealers for cash, drugs, and weapons in the 1990s was found guilty on all charges on Monday.
After Turning Down Earlier Deal, Ald. Willie Cochran Scheduled To Plead Guilty To Federal ChargesFour months after rejecting a plea deal that his attorney said would have resulted in minimal jail time, and opting to go to trial on fraud and bribery charges, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) again is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court.
Former CPD Sergeant Eddie Hicks To Go On Trial On Corruption Charges, After 14 Years On The LamA former Chicago police sergeant accused of leading a crew that shook down drug dealers for cash, drugs, and weapons in the 1990s is set to go on trial Monday, after spending 14 years on the run.
Feds Seeking 3 More Months To Indict Ald. Edward Burke, Citing 'Complex' InvestigationFederal prosecutors are asking a judge for more time to indict Ald. Edward Burke (14th), nearly two weeks after he was charged with trying to put the squeeze on to businessmen seeking to renovate a Burger King on the Southwest Side.
Archer Heights Burger King Linked To Criminal Complaint Against Ald. Ed BurkeThe restaurant on 41st and Pulaski is never mentioned by name, but its permit history matches events outlined in the federal criminal complaint against Ald. Ed Burke.
Ex-Mexican Officer Faces Sentencing For Leak To Drug CartelAuthorities say Ivan Reyes Arzate drew on U.S. intelligence to unmask a cartel informant, who was later tortured and killed.
Ald. Willie Cochran In Talks To Plead Guilty To Corruption ChargesAld. Willie Cochran (20th) and his attorneys are negotiating a potential plea deal with federal prosecutors, amid allegations he shook down businessmen in his ward for bribes, and looted money from a charity he ran.
Appeals Court Hears Arguments In Schock's Bid To Toss Corruption ChargesA lawyer for former Republican Rep. Aaron Schock says prosecutors are aiming to be the first to imprison a former member of Congress over ambiguous rules the U.S. House set for itself.