Chicago is a city that has been run by Democrats for decades. In a similar vein, out of New York’s 51 city council seats, 48 of them are held by Democrats. In Chicago, out of its 50 city council seats, 49 are held by Democrats. Can you say Stockholm syndrome?
And, Chicago is known for much more than its one-sided politics. Mayor Richard J. Daley had issues with rackets. Then, there is U.S House Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (who just last year completed his prison sentence after having pleaded guilty to multiple federal charges including fraud, conspiracy, wire fraud, criminal forfeiture and more).
But, wait, there’s more…Just last week, a 15-count indictment was handed down to Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran. Charges were of charges of wire fraud, federal program bribery, extortion, and of soliciting a $3,000 bribe from a liquor store owner seeking to sell his store. Seems his buyer would need a liquor license (imagine that) in order to complete the sale and, you can figure out where his buyer would have to get those. If convicted, Cochran could face 280 years in jail.
It’s hard to believe that Cochran–64–served 26 years with the Chicago Police Department. He retired in 2003. It makes you wonder what he got away with while serving in the CPD. He then ran as a Democrat for alderman in 2007.
The woman who held the office before him, Arenda Troutman, was under indictment for bribery. She lost to Cochran, then spent four years in jail after her conviction. Cochran has pleaded “not guilty,” and wants to battle it out in court. This is from Gazette.com:
According to Illinois corruption researchers Dick Simpson and Thomas Gradel, more than 30 Chicago aldermen have been convicted of crimes since 1973, most of them on bribery and extortion charges.
On top of that, over 1,000 public officials and businessmen in Illinois have been convicted of public corruption since 1970, including imprisoned former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. In the anti-corruption report, researchers wrote that Chicago’s lawmaking body have been “particularly persistent.” Wait, didn’t our 44th President emerge out of Chicago? Yes, yes, I believe he did. Hmm…
Currently, Blagojevich is still in federal prison, serving a 14-year sentence. He’s hopeful Obama will commute his sentence as he has done for a record number of inmates. After all, it was Obama’s Senate seat, Blagojevich was trying to sell. It makes you wonder if Chicago Alderman volunteers are severely underpaid. I mean, if you need $3,000, you need $3,000 right? Well, their salaries range from
It makes you wonder if Chicago Alderman volunteers are severely underpaid. I mean, if you need $3,000, you need $3,000 right? Well, their salaries range from a current low of $104,928 (Brendan Reilly, D 42nd District) to a high of $117,333 (17 aldermen earn this wage.) Chicago’s median household income is $63,000. I think the Alderman makes enough to get by, don’t you?
And, what else is happening in Chicago under Democrat rule? Massive taxation, toll booths on every major freeway, yet…their roads are full of potholes, they have insane gun violence, employers are fleeing, there is a pathetic black unemployment rate and they have the highest home foreclosure rate of any major U.S. city.
Plus, many elected officials continue to run scams and rackets, to take bribes and use taxpayer money for personal gain. What can you do? It is the Chicago way.