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Chicago Alderman Who Pledged to Clean Up Graft Was Indicted on Corruption Charges

Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran

Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Willie Cochran, a Chicago alderman who pledged to clean up corruption, was indicted Wednesday for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars in charitable donations for poor children and seniors.

The 15-count indictment alleges Cochran used the funds to gamble and pay for his daughter’s college tuition, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Cochran also is accused of sharking down a liquor store and taking a bribe in connection with a blight-busting federal program.

The 64-year-old South Side alderman was charged with 11 counts of wire fraud, two counts of extortion and two counts of bribery.

Cochran’s arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 23.

Chicago Alderman Carothers Latest to Go Down After Getting Bit by the Bribery Bug

Isaac Carothers/city photo

Isaac Carothers/city photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Chicago has long been known for its deep dish pizza, blues, Dah Bears, Dah Bulls and public corruption.

In living up to the latter, Alderman Isaac Carothers, a key ally of Mayor Daley, resigned Monday after striking up a deal with the feds that will put him behind bars for more than two years for taking bribes, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The paper reported that at 2:49 p.m., Carothers submitted his resignation to the mayor.

“It is with deep regret that I inform you that I, Isaac S. Carothers, will resign my elected position as alderman of the 29th Ward effective on Feb. 1, 2010,” Carothers wrote, according to the Sun-Times.

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