The Chicago area has the most corruptions convictions of any federal jurisdiction in the United States during the past 36 years, according to a report released today by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Federal prosecutors secured a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois since 1976, said Dick Simpson, head of the university’s political science department. While Illinois in total had 1,828 public corruption convictions, the third most of any state. Only California and New York had more. On a per-person basis, only the District of Columbia and Louisiana had more convictions than Illinois.
Four governors, two congressmen, a state treasurer, an attorney general, 11 state legislators, numerous judges and dozens of aldermen have been convicted since the 1970s.
Chicago, with its notorious mobsters and history was always thought to have high level of corruptions but now an official study backs up the statistics. With a new Mayor and new Governor let’s see if this trend will continue or if we’ll have a more transparent government allowing us to keep our politicians on tab.