Federal prison for 'ringmaster' in giant Chicago fraud case involving politically connected black figures in Obama's circle

How bad is political corruption in Chicago?  A sentence handed down yesterday in a case involving theft of grant money gives some indication.  The people involved had serious political “clout” (a great Chicago political word) in the city chosen by Barack Obama as his political home.  Let’s start with the account by John O’Connor of the Associated Press: A Chicago businessman convicted of pocketing nearly $3 million in state grants funds was sentenced to six years in prison Monday after a federal prosecutor declared that Illinois government corruption "seems to be the norm anymore, rather than the exception." U.S. District Judge Richard Mills imposed the sentence — short of the eight years the government requested — on Leon Dingle Jr. for his role in a six-year fraud involving Illinois Department of Public Health funds. He was also ordered to pay $2.9 million in restitution. After a sentencing hearing lasting more...(Read Full Post)