The Democrat-controlled City of Chicago has won the dubious distinction of being the most corrupt city in America.
The Windy City is “windy” mostly because of the high winds coming off the lake that buffet the town. But it is also famous for the wind coming out of the.. (rears)… of the city’s politicians. And now that political wind has helped earn the city the status of most corrupt city in the nation.
The “award” comes from the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to CBS Channel 2.
Along with Chicago, Los Angeles topped the list of the most public corruption convictions in America, based on the number of federal corruption convictions between 1976 and 2017. Chicago had 1,731 convictions during that time period, while the Central District of California had 1,534. The Manhattan area had 1,327 and Miami had 1,165, according to the report. Washington, D.C. had 1,159.
Chicago has a constantly growing list of politicians going from the halls of government, to the court room, to jail.
Drawing information from the Department of Justice, the report 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, the report says.
More than 30 Chicago City Council members have been tied to corruption cases since the 1970’s, with Ald. Edward Burke (14th) becoming the latest Chicago politician to make headlines after being charged with one count of attempted extortion on Thursday, Jan. 3 for allegedly trying to use his power on the City Council to solicit business for his private law firm.
The latest is long-time Alderman Ed Burke who is under indictment for influence peddling and abuse of his office.
But the Burke case appears ready to roll out across the city council because news has emerged that the feds have several other aldermen on tape breaking the law, too.
The deep blue state of Illinois is almost as bad as its biggest city.
Statewide, Illinois ranked–on a per capita basis–as the third most corrupt state in America. In 2017, the state had 34 convictions for public corruption.
But, don’t be fooled by that mere third-place finish:
California, Florida, New York and Texas all had more public convictions than Illinois, but those states have much larger populations, so they ranked lower on a per capita basis.
In fact, that corruption is one of the reasons Illinois is only third. Because the liberal regimes in the state are driving the citizenry out of the state and into every other state by the tens of thousands.
Only three types of people still live in Illinois: the ultra-poor, the ultra-rich, and those middle-class folks who are financially stuck here due to their mortgages. Everyone else is either gone, or on the way out.
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