Crook county? Former Ald. Dick Simpson did some shocking arithmetic recently:
• • The shocker: Since 1971, a total of 27 Chicago aldermen have been convicted in federal court for corruption!
• • Quoth Simpson: "[In addition to the 27] One died before he could be convicted, and two are currently under indictment and awaiting trial [Ed Vrdolyak and Arenda Troutman]," said Simpson, who now heads up the University of Illinois at Chicago's political science department.
- A mole wore a wire for a year while acting as a bagman carrying bribes from developers and contractors to Chicago building inspectors, exposing systemic corruption in the Zoning and Buildings Departments, authorities said Thursday.
Even for a town that has turned payoffs into an art form, the operative uncovered brazen misconduct, investigators alleged.