Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno is expected to plead guilty on bribery charges stemming from activities in 2010. His alleged accomplice, former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano, will be going to trial on similar charges.
The men are accused of accepting bribes to use their clout to push Stroger Hospital to buy a brand of bandages for the facility in 2010, when Moreno was commissioner and Medrano worked in his office.
Medrano is also charged with trying to bribe an undercover FBI agent who was acting as a hospital buying agent. The former alderman served two-and-a-half years in jail back in the 1990s for accepting $31,000 in bribes while working as a member of the Chicago City Council.
Meanwhile, Moreno is also charged with accepting a bribe to help get a transfer waste station opened in Cicero when he worked for the municipality's economic development board.