Ho' Gets Fo'
- Despite a tearful plea for mercy, proclaiming she’s “no monster,” former Ald. Arenda Troutman was sentenced Tuesday to four years in federal prison on mail fraud and tax fraud charges that were part of a corruption investigation.
An emotional Troutman hung her head and apologized to her ward, the city and for bringing “shame” to her family. “As God as my witness, I am no monster. I am not a criminal and I never helped criminals,” Troutman said.
Not a criminal? Never helped criminals?
- A prosecutor in the case said Tuesday the corruption case grew out of a probe into the Black Disciples street gang. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Alesia said agents doing surveillance on gang kingpin Marvel Thompson saw a meeting take place between the ex-alderman and Thompson.
- Troutman admitted she coerced kickbacks totaling $21,500 over the years from developers to support their projects in her South Side ward and, in one case, outside her ward. She was famously caught on wiretaps saying that all aldermen are “ho’s.”
Hmmmm. Well, good riddance for now. There's plenty more where she came from if the feds know where to fish.