Not exactly shocking news here.
Chicago may be known as the “Second City,” but it remains Number 1 in the ranking of most corrupt big cities in the nation, according to a new report.
The report, titled “Corruption in Chicago and Illinois,” released Monday from the University of Illinois at Chicago notes that while there’s been a decline in recent years of federal convictions for public corruption, the Windy City still leads other localities.
“Additionally, Illinois remains the third most corrupt state when compared on a per capita basis to other large states and the District of Columbia,” the report’s authors note.
The group used the most recent figures from the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, which found that there were a total of 25 public corruption convictions during 2017 in the Northern District of Illinois, which includes all of Chicago and the northern third of Illinois. That was down from 30 in 2016 and down an average of 33.6 per year over the last 10 years.
“There were a total of 34 cases of public corruption convictions in all of Illinois, proving that public corruption is not just a big city problem,” the authors noted.
Since 1976, when the DOJ began keeping track of public corruption statistics, there were 1,731 people convicted of public corruption in the Chicago area. In the same time period, there were 1,534 people in Los Angeles, 1,327 in New York, 1,165 in Miami and 1,159 in Washington D.C.
“These five districts, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami and Washington D.C. led all of the 93 federal judicial districts for the 47-year period since 1976,” according to the report.
Let’s take a quick look at who has been running Chicago for the past 47 years, shall we?
Probably just a coincidence. Totally coincidental too that all of those five districts are heavily blue. I seem to remember some other guy coming out of Chicago who rose up the ranks too around 2008 or so. Probably totally clean.