For Joe Berrios, the Cook County assessor who is also the county Democratic Party chairman, government is the family business...
As Berrios has risen through the ranks in politics and government, more of his family members have turned up in taxpayer-funded jobs, answering to him or his political allies. Among the highest-paid of his relatives was brother Erasmo Berrios, who was hired by the state in 1984 and retired a year ago. His pay topped out in 2010 at $146,343.30, including overtime, working for the Illinois Department of Transportation...
Count them, and that makes 15 members of the Berrios family who receive a total of more than $1.05 million a year in wages and pension payments, records show.
Democrat, Crime, Character, Funny
A committee of Cook County Democrats has chosen a former state transportation official who just paid off a pending ethics fine to replace a commissioner who was ousted after his tax evasion conviction. Stanley Moore was chosen Thursday after a dozen people made presentations in an effort to replace former Commissioner William Beavers. Among those seeking the post was former County Board President Todd Stroger.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Government, Fraud, Greed, Corruption
The combative Cook County commissioner stands accused of diverting more than $225,000 from campaign coffers to feed a casino-gambling habit and for other personal use without reporting it. Jury selection began Monday, and opening statements are expected later this week... Beavers also is accused of failing to declare that he took more than $68,000 in campaign money and put it in a city fund to double the monthly pension he got for his years as an alderman to more than $6,000.
Crime, Government, Fraud, Greed, Corruption
CHICAGO -- A former Cook County employee has been indicted on federal charges of public corruption for allegedly steering four no-bid contracts to acquaintances and soliciting payments in return. Eugene Mullins, a former director communications for former Cook County President Todd Stroger, was charged with wire fraud and soliciting kickbacks. He was arrested Thursday and later pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Liberal, Degeneracy, Oops
CHICAGO (STMW) – To the disgust of some staff, bodies are piling up at the office of the Cook County Medical Examiner, stacked atop each other in blue plastic tarps against a wall of the storage cooler because of ongoing financial woes, the Sun-Times has learned.
Crime, Government, Corruption, Convict
With the strong assistance of the Cook County court and local police--92 officials had been indicted, including 17 judges, 48 lawyers, 8 policemen, 10 deputy sheriffs, 8 court officials, and 1 state legislator. Nearly all were convicted, most of them pleading guilty...