Monday, June 25, 2012
Study calls for probing of political corruption in more than 60 Chicago suburbs - Study? How about INDICTMENTS????
Political corruption is widespread in Chicago's suburbs, especially in the black southern suburbs, and requires an inspector general to investigate, a university study has found.
The study by the University of Illinois at Chicago documented criminal convictions or conflicts of interest affecting more than 60 suburbs in Cook and surrounding counties and more than 100 public officials and police officers.
Former Chicago Alderman Dick Simpson, now head of UIC's Political Science Department, led the study, and on Monday said corruption in the suburbs, in some cases, is worse than in the city.
"This isn't a minor problem," Simpson said. "This is a major problem."
The IG could either be created by lawmakers and the governor, by each county, or by a consortium of suburbs. It would cost about $1 million annually, far less than the $500 million estimated cost of the problem, according to the study.