Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Ex-County Commissioner Sentenced to 11 Years

Ex-County Commissioner Sentenced to 11 Years

A federal judge Wednesday sentenced former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Moreno to 11 years in prison in connection to fedral corruption charges. Read »

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 9:41 PM
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By Associated Press

Ex-Chicago Alderman Gets 30 Months for Corruption

Ex-Chicago Alderman Gets 30 Months for Corruption

A federal judge has added 30 additional months to the time a former Chicago alderman will spend in prison for corruption. Read »

Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Former Chicago Alderman Gets 10.5 Years for Corruption

Ambrosio Medrano tearfully apologized and called his behavior "disgraceful" and said he acted "foolishly." Read »

Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 6:50 AM
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By Associated Press

Prosecutors Seek Lengthy Sentence for Ex-Alderman

Prosecutors Seek Lengthy Sentence for Ex-Alderman

Federal prosecutors say a former Chicago alderman should be sentenced to nearly two decades in prison for scheming to pay bribes in return for medical contracts and receiving kickbacks. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Former Alderman Medrano Pleads Not Guilty to Bribery

Former Alderman Medrano Pleads Not Guilty to Bribery

Ex-Ald. Ambrosio Medrano, facing charges on two separate bribery schemes, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday to corruption charges, his attorney said. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Former Alderman Released on Bond

Ambrosio Medrano, convicted in the Operation Silver Shovel scandal at City Hall two decades ago, faces new charges stemming from an elaborate scheme to sell bandages to Cook County Hospital, and a second... Read »

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 9:17 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Fitzgerald Departs as U.S. Attorney

Gary Shapiro named Fitzgerald's interim replacement. Read »

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Jeff Goldblatt, Courtney Copenhagen

Former Lawmakers Charged With Corruption

Ambrosio Medrano, who previously served as Chicago's 25th Ward alderman, and former 7th District Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno, were among seven defendants in court. Read »

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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