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Chicago Is Still Nation’s Most Corrupt Big City, New Report Says

Illinois remains the third most corrupt state, based on the formula that compares the number of corruption convictions with an area’s population.

Former Rep. Aaron Schock, former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett, Ald. Willie Cochran and Ald. Ed Burke are among those charged or convicted in corruption cases listed in Simpson's report.
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CITY HALL — Chicago is once again the most corrupt city in the country, according to a new report by University of Illinois at Chicago professor and former Ald. Dick Simpson.

In 2017, there were 25 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois, which includes all of Chicago and the northern third of Illinois. The rest of the state had nine public corruption convictions that year for a state total of 34, according to Simpson’s findings based on the most recent data available.

Illinois remains the third most corrupt state, based on the formula that compares the number of corruption convictions with an area’s population.

“This is down from 30 in 2016, and down from an average of 33.6 per year over the last 10 years but over the long haul, Chicago continues to be the most corrupt big city,” Simpson wrote.

Read the full report here.