Sometimes stereotypes have some truth to them. The latest to be proven true is one that was used almost daily during the presidency of Barack Obama, Chicago-style politics, in other words, corrupt political bullies. True to their reputation the city of Chicago, whose Mayor Rahm Emanuel was Obama’s chief of staff and has been run by Democrats since 1931, has been named the most corrupt city in America. The home of deep dish pizza received the recognition based on a report published by the University of Illinois, Chicago.
The report used information from the Department of Justice and “shows 25 public figures were convicted of charges tied to corruption in 2017 in the City of Chicago and the northern third of Illinois. 2017 was the most recent year for which the DOJ data was available,”
Now before you start screaming that the city only got the recognition because it’s the city that hosts the University, take a look at the section of the report below, and you will see that Chicago earned the recognition.
The number of federal convictions for public corruption in the “stinky onion” metropolis has declined recently but over the long haul Chicago continues to be the most corrupt big cities in the nation. Additionally, Illinois remains the third most corrupt state when compared on a per capita basis to other large states and the District of Columbia [DC was #1, and Louisiana was #2].
During 2017, the latest years for which figures from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) are available, there were 25 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois, which includes all of Chicago and the northern third of Illinois. This is down from 30 in 2016 and down from 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.
Uh-oh, Chicago better be careful or they may lose their crown.
Statistics compiled by the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section show that from 1976 through 2017, a total of 1,731 individuals were convicted of public corruption in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago). In the same time period, the Central District of California (Los Angeles) convicted 1,534; the Southern District of New York (Manhattan), 1,327; Florida Southern (Miami) 1,165; and the District of Columbia (Washington), 1,159. 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.
NY Mayor DeBlasio was accused of taking bribes by an informant in a Nassau County corruption trial, but so far the feds haven’t charged him with anything.
Here’s the top 15:
Barack Obama must be so proud of Rahm Emanual, after all, New York can no longer say Chicago is the second city, at least in the area of corruption.