A new report released by University of Illinois at Chicago political science researchers delivered some not-so-surprising news that 2015 marked "a banner year for public corruption in Illinois."
The report ranked Illinois as the third most corrupt U.S. state.
UIC political science professor and former Chicago alderman Dick Simpson was among the report's authors.
"No matter how you slice it, 2015 was a bad year for public corruption in our state," said Simpson. He co-authored the report, "2015, a Banner Year for Corruption in Illinois, Anti-Corruption Report Number 9," with Thomas J. Gradel, Leslie Price and Ion Nimerencu.
Here are some key examples cited in the report, as detailed in a news release:
- The arrest and guilty plea by former Congressman Dennis Hastert;
- The indictment and conviction of Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett;
- The indictment of a Chicago policeman for the shooting murder of an unarmed teenager;
- The federal probe of the hiring practices of Cook County Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.
"We catalogued 27 convictions, 28 indictments, the launching of 11 corruption investigations, and the sentencing of 30 convicted elected officials, government employees, and private sector individuals who engaged in schemes that ripped off taxpayers' money," Simpson added.