A federal judge on Friday sentenced former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano to 10-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme to secure medical bandage contracts with Cook County.
The former Chicago lawmaker previously served two-and-a-half years in prison back in the 1990s for accepting bribes while he was an alderman. Medrano, who was elected to Chicago's city council back in 1991, represented the 21st ward.
Medrano is being sentenced in an additional case on Monday involving the health care contract scheme, also in connection with the governments of Los Angeles County and Cicero, which could add another five years of prison time to the former alderman's current sentence. Medrano could break the record for the longest total time in prison for a public Chicago-area official.
At his sentencing hearing, Medrano tearfully said he “acted foolishly without thinking about the consequences.”