Bribers Can Do Business in Chicago, But Not with Illinois State Government

From the Chicago Tribune Thursday morning summary: Emanuel administration clears bribe-paying red-light camera vendor to bid on city contracts once again. Chicago is open for business for businesses who have bribed city officials. That is so different from what Illinois … Continue reading

Insull and the ICC

I have previously told of my encounter with Samuel Insull’s secretary on a train ride to Springfield. He told me that Insull got tired of bribing the Illinois General Assembly. Insull decided that creating a Commerce Commission would be cheaper … Continue reading

More Blagojevich Era Corruption – $443,000 in Kickbacks

A press release from the U.S. Attorney in Springfield about another Rod Blagojevich administration crook: FORMER ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATOR PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY, KICKBACK SCHEME AND FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN Springfield, Ill. – A former human … Continue reading

What’s Happening with Scott Milliman’s Wrongful Termination Suit against Keith Nygren?

Here’s an update on what’s going on with former McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Milliman’s wrongful termination suit against Sheriff Keith Nygren, Undersheriff Andy Zinke, Commander John Miller, Lt. Ken Nielsen, Sgt. Steven Schmitt and McHenry County. It was filed … Continue reading

Could the Feds Do More to Clean Up the Illinois Corruption Problem?

Considering that local State’s Attorneys seem to be hamstrung when they go after fellow officeholders, perhaps my title is too harsh. After all, throughout my lifetime, it has been pretty much the U.S. Attorney’s Office and newspapers that have gone … Continue reading

Indictments for Bribery in No Child Left Behind-Mandated Tutoring

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: NILES-BASED EDUCATION FIRMS AND EXECUTIVES INDICTED IN ALLEGED $33 MILLION FRAUD; BRIBES ALLEGEDLY PAID TO FOUR SCHOOL OFFICIALS CHICAGO — The federal government and more than 200 public school districts in 19 … Continue reading

Chicago Federal Judge: “It’s Not Business as Usual to Bribe Public Officials”

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: NEBRASKA EXECUTIVE SENTENCED TO 21 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR FEDERAL BRIBERY CONSPIRACY WITH FORMER CHICAGO ALDERMAN CHICAGO — The head of a large Nebraska-based prescription medication provider was sentenced today to 21 … Continue reading

Appointed Chicago State Rep. Derrick Smith Arrested by Feds for Accepting a Bribe

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: (The Criminal Complaint, which really provides insight into this dark alley of Chicago politics, can be found here.) STATE REP. DERRICK SMITH ARRESTED ON FEDERAL BRIBERY CHARGE CHICAGO — Illinois State Rep. … Continue reading

Building Inspection Bribry Continues in Crook County’s Chicago

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago has issued the following press release. Below it, I have posted the details of the investigation. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think this case deserves a blue ribbon at the Crook … Continue reading

Afghanistan Deployed Illinois National Guard Major Arrested for Bribery and Conspiracy

Chicago crooks have apparently gone international by way of the Illinois National Guard. A Major Christopher P. West with hometown listed as Chicago has been arrested Monday in Chicago for bribery and conspiracy. He and co-defendant Air Force Tech. Sgt. … Continue reading

Afghanistan Deployed Illinois National Guard Major Arrested for Bribery and Conspiracy

Chicago crooks have apparently gone international by way of the Illinois National Guard. A Major Christopher P. West with hometown listed as Chicago has been arrested Monday in Chicago for bribery and conspiracy. He and co-defendant Air Force Tech. Sgt. … Continue reading