Federal agents arrested yesterday Joseph Mario Moreno, who lost a run for re-election to the Cook County Board in 2010, and Ambrosio Medrano, a former alderman and a convicted felon, on bribery charges. After losing his Cook County commissioner seat, Moreno was named to an economic development panel in Cicero. An FBI informant caught Moreno on tape apparently trying to get $5,000 in return for supporting a waste transfer station. Details include Moreno allegedly collecting the $5,000 in a cash-stuffed envelope, and telling the informant he was a pig, not a hog. "Hogs get slaughtered; pigs get fat," Moreno allegedly said.
Medrano, meanwhile, worked with Moreno on a different scheme where the two took bribes from a company that won a county contract to supply bandages at Stroger Hospital. Medrano's arrest comes 16 years after he left Chicago City Council following a federal bribery conviction.