Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Now Ranked 'Most Corrupt' City in America
Report is based on data from the Justice Department
Chicago has been ranked the most corrupt city in America, according to a report by the University of Illinois.
The city has seen violent crime soar over the last year under Mayor Lori Lightfoot's watch.
Within that timeframe, Chicago had nearly 1800 convictions, more than Los Angeles, which had the second-highest.
New York came in third place.
The university’s report, co-authored by professor Dick Simpson, added that Illinois is the third-most corrupt state, according to WTTW.
The outlet reported:
In 2019, there were 26 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois, which includes all of Chicago and the northern third of Illinois — double the number recorded in 2018, according to the report.
The rest of the state had six additional public corruption convictions in 2019 for a state total of 32, according to Simpson’s findings based on the most recent DOJ data available.
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In May 2019, Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward) was indicted on 14 counts of racketeering, bribery, and extortion based on evidence that he repeatedly — and brazenly — used his powerful position at City Hall to force those doing business with the city to hire his private law firm.
Burke has pleaded not guilty.
Burke has not yet stood trial due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Former Ald. Willie Cochran (20th Ward) pleaded guilty in June 2019 to wire fraud in connection with allegations he used a charitable fund for personal expenses," the WTTW report added.
"Cochran was sentenced to a year and a day in prison."
As Neon Nettle reported last year:
Chicago saw a massive 139 percent increase in murders during July 2020 compared to July 2019.
There have been 105 murders in July 2020, up from 44 reported in July 2019, according to ABC7.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported there were 406 “shooting incidents” during July 2020, an increase of 75 percent “from the 232 last July."
Murders in Chicago, over a longer period, were up 51 percent from January 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020, when compared to those reported in 2019.