The Sanctuary City of Chicago... isn't a sanctuary for these two MexicansPhoto: Ambrosio Medrano, left, and Joseph Mario Moreno
Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno and ex-Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano have been charged with bribery, federal officials said today.
Moreno, who was first elected to the County Board in 1994 but lost re-election in 2010, was charged with allegedly taking a $5,000 payoff in connection with a waste transfer station in Cicero. He was also linked to a bribe scheme involving the sale of bandages to Stroger Hospital and other public hospitals, authorities alleged.
Medrano, who was convicted of bribery as an alderman in the 1990s, was charged with offering a bribe to an undercover informant while working as a staff member for Moreno.
Medrano was ordered held in custody today after prosecutors argued he was a risk to flee if he was released. Authorities said Moreno and Medrano were each charged in two separate schemes.
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