The federal investigation of Cook Co. Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown's husband appears to have now enveloped the long-time political figure with the seizure of her cell phone, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Last week, the feds took Brown's cell phone and a number of employees in her office have been subpoenaed by the government. Brown's husband, Benton Cook III, is being investigated for his alleged receipt of grant funds from the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Cook was reportedly paid more than $146,000 in grant money from the violence prevention program.
A video production company tied to Cook reportedly received nearly $90,000 over a four-year period to do work for Brown's campaign. From August 2006 to October 2010, Brown's campaign paid a total of $89,370 to Gideon Video Productions, which was run out of Cook's home. Cook married Brown in September of 2009.
Brown appears to have been Gideon Video Productions' largest client. Additionally, the video production firm reportedly did not have a state of Illinois, Chicago or Cook County business license.