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Federal judge: Illinois politicians aren't getting message

1 year, 3 months ago from Associated Press

A federal judge who sentenced a former Chicago alderman to 10 1/2 years in prison says some Illinois politicians aren't getting the message that corrupt behavior carries a heavy price

  • CHICAGO — A federal judge who sentenced a former Chicago alderman to 10 1/2 years in prison says some Illinois politicians aren't getting the message that corrupt behavior carries a heavy price.
    He made the comment Friday while sentencing 60-year-old Ambrosio Medrano for scheming to accept bribes and kickbacks to sell bandages to hospitals.
    Medrano must report to prison by March 21. One prison where the defense says they'd like Medrano to go is the Colorado facility where former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for corruption.
    Judge Gary Feinerman told Friday's hearing the "cost-benefit calculation" of politicians "is skewed" and too many conclude that the benefits outweigh the potential costs.
    He says he hopes Medrano's sentence will help "realign that cost-benefit calculation."

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