Reading the Chicago Tribune article on the plea deal proposed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and former Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran finds that the crime to which he is pleading guilty involves his ward’s charity fund.
That has nothing to do with his official duties as Alderman.
The story includes the following:
In return for the guilty plea, federal prosecutors dropped 14 of the 15 counts against Cochran, including the most serious charges alleging the alderman shook down businessmen in exchange for his support on deals in his 20th Ward.
Only felonies having to do with official corruption lead a former public official to lose his government pension.