Tuesday, November 4, 2008
A Press Release of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois reports that "[a] longtime political insider in Springfield was indicted . . . on federal corruption charges for allegedly conspiring with two Chicago businessmen and others to obtain political contributions for a certain public official by shaking down an investment firm that was seeking a $220 million allocation from the state Teachers Retirement System (TRS.). The four count indictment was for one counts each of "conspiracy to commit mail fraud, extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe." This is the "13th defendant charged as part of Operation Board Games, an on-going federal public corruption investigation of insider-dealing, influence-peddling and kickbacks involving private interests and public duties related to various state boards and non-profit organizations."
See also Chicago Tribune, Feds indict insider in Blagojevich probe.