Chicago Corruption

Former Chicago Alderman Edward Vrdolyak, known as “Fast Eddie” for his backroom deals of questionable legality, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to tax evasion in a scheme where he collected more than $12 million from Illinois’ settlement with tobacco companies. However, the 82-year-old will not be required to report to prison during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Illinois Justices Rule Chicago Can’t Destroy Cop Misconduct Records

A Chicago police union’s collective-bargaining agreement requirement that the police department destroy all officer disciplinary records after five years is unenforceable because it conflicts with public policy and state records law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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Biden Talks Police Reform, Pandemic With Big-City Mayors

Vying for the Oval Office in November, former Vice President Joe Biden held a virtual roundtable with big-city mayors Monday to discuss the protests roiling America and how the federal government can assist local decision-makers to bounce back from the twin difficulties presented by violence in the streets and the economic ravages of the pandemic.

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