- Federal investigators are looking into whether Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown accepted loans from employees in exchange for jobs or promotions as part of a wide-ranging probe into possible corruption, according to sources.
A source familiar with the case said the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago has a grand jury looking into Brown’s conduct, including loans she might have gotten from employees “in connection to employment.”
Another source, speaking of having been interviewed by the FBI more than a year ago, said, “They asked me about personnel stuff. Was somebody paying for a job? . . . Why was this person promoted? . . . Pay to play.”
Those revelations come as federal agents visited Brown’s South Side house last week and seized her county-issued cellphone.
A fed could make a career out of jailing corrupt Illinois politicians. And they're so dumb it's almost a mercy to jail them.