According to a new report from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the city of Chicago is the most corrupt in the United States. I'm not sure about the rest of you, but this is a complete surprise to me.

Of the last 7 Governors from the state of Illinois, that 4 of them are in prison. 3 of those four have direct ties to politics in the city of Chicago.

Drawing information from the Department of Justice, the report shows 25 public figures were convicted of charges tied to corruption in 2017 in the City of Chicago and the northern third of Illinois. 2017 was the most recent year for which the DOJ data was available, the report says.

CBS Chicago

Here is a laundry list of City Council members who've been arrested for corruption in Chicago since 1980:

  1. Willie Cochran (20th Ward): Indicted in 2016
  2. Sandi Jackson (7th Ward): Pleaded guilty in 2013
  3. William Beavers (7th Ward): Convicted in 2013
  4. Isaac “Ike” Carothers (29th Ward): Pleaded guilty in 2010
  5. Ed Vrdolyak (10th Ward): Pleaded guilty in 2008
  6. Arenda Troutman (20th Ward): Pleaded guilty in 2008
  7. James Laski (23rd Ward): Pleaded guilty in 2006
  8. Percy Giles (37th Ward): Convicted in 1999
  9. Virgil Jones (15th Ward): Convicted in 1998
  10. Lawrence Bloom (5th Ward): Pleaded guilty in 1998
  11. John Madrzyk (13th Ward): Convicted in 1998
  12. Jesse Evans (21st Ward): Sentenced in 1997
  13. Joseph Martinez (31st Ward): Convicted in 1997
  14. Allan Streeter (17th Ward): Pleaded guilty in 1996
  15. Ambrosio Medrano (25th Ward): Pleaded guilty in 1996
  16. Fred Roti (1st Ward): Convicted in 1993
  17. Marian Humes (1989): Pleaded guilty in 1989:
  18. Perry Hutchinson (9th Ward): Convicted in 1988
  19. Chester Kuta (31st Ward): Pleaded guilty in 1987
  20. Wallace Davis, Jr. (27th Ward): Convicted in 1987
  21. Clifford Kelley (20th Ward): Pleaded guilty in 1987
  22. Louis Farina (36th Ward): Convicted in 1983
  23. Tyrone Kenner (3rd Ward): Convicted in 1983
  24. William Carothers (28th Ward): Convicted in 1983
  25. Stanley Zydlo (26th Ward): Pleaded guilty in 1980

Chicago only accounts for 82 percent of the state’s public corruption convictions, federal corruption is a statewide problem. Illinois ranked, on a per capita basis, as the third most corrupt state in America. In 2017, the state only had 34 convictions for public corruption, which seems pretty low as far as I'm concerned.

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