Chicago & Illinois: Tops in Public Corruption

Published 02/15 2012 10:56AM

Updated 02/15 2012 01:28PM

    Illinois and Chicago rank at the top of the list when it comes to leaders involved in public corruption. A report produced by researchers from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs shows the number of public-corruption convictions in the Chicago metropolitan area is the most corrupt federal district in the country.
    "Chicago and Illinois: Leading the Pack in Corruption," ranks Illinois as the third most corrupt state. Chicago's numbers total 1,531 corruption convictions since 1976. Next is Los Angeles, CA, with 1,275 and Manhattan, NY, with 1,202. The report also states Illinois has been home to more federal public-corruption convictions on a per-capita basis, surpassed only by the District of Columbia and Louisiana.
    Statistics for the report were gathered from the U.S. Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section, from the country's 94 federal judicial districts. As UIC professor, head of political science department and a Chicago alderman, Dick Simpson, commented the documented facts now confirm the city's and state's notorious reputations initially created during the Al Capone era.        
    Fellow researcher and senior fellow at UI Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Jim Nowlan, states, "Besides the four governors, they (federal prosecutors) convicted two U.S. congressmen, a state treasurer, an attorney general, the auditor, two state senators, five state representatives, at least two deputy directors of state agencies, numerous judges and elected and appointed county officials, policemen, inspectors and government employees."
    In Chicago, 31 members of the City Council have been found guilty or pleaded guilty to a variety of crimes since 1973. Two others were indicted, but died before they could be tried.

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