bribery trial

Federal prosecutors want a 10-year prison sentence for a former Chicago official convicted of taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.  Federal prosecutors filed a memo with the court asking U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall to consider a 10-year sentence "as a floor" for John Bills. 

An ex-vice president at Chicago's former red light camera vendor says he gave more than $14,000 in gifts to a then-Chicago official on trial for allegedly taking bribes to steer red-light camera contracts.

The attorney for a former Chicago official on trial for allegedly taking bribes to bring red light cameras to the city says his client is innocent because he did not have the power to do so.

A trial is set to begin for a former Chicago transportation official accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts to steer more than $100-million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix-based company.  

A federal judge has sentenced a Chicago alderman's former chief of staff to 15 months in prison for accepting a $7,500 bribe concealed in a Christmas card. 

Chicago politician found guilty of taking bribes

Jun 10, 2014

A Chicago politician was found guilty today of taking a 7-thousand dollar bribe.  Illinois State Representative Derrick Smith took the bribe in exchange for supporting a daycare center’s application for state money.

Closing arguments expected in Derrick Smith trial

Jun 9, 2014

A federal judge says she expects attorneys to make their closing arguments in the bribery trial of an Illinois state representative Monday.