The FBI has filed bribery conspiracy charges against the ex-campaign
treasurer of former State Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago), three other former Hendon campaign aides, and three additional suspects. At issue is a number Illinois Department of Health and Human Services grants: the cash-strapped department was, according to the FBI complaint, liberally handing out $25,000 grants in exchange for $5,000 kickbacks.
Hendon has not been charged, but he is alluded to throughout the complaint. After 17 years in the Senate, Hendon stepped down in February 2011 following FBI subpoenas to state agencies about Hendon-sponsored grants. Hendon has denied he resigned due to the subpoenas.