Fog/Mist
66°FFog/MistFull Forecast

Ex-commissioner admits corruption

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) – A former Cook County commissioner has pleaded guilty in a federal corruption case.

Joseph Moreno pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/11UBZN9) that the plea is part of a deal. Moreno admitted to taking a $5,000 cash bribe from a company that wanted to build a waste transfer station in Cicero. He also admitted influencing a county hospital contract so his $100,000 home mortgage would be erased.

Moreno was a Cook County commissioner from 1994 to 2010. His attorney, Richard Kling, says Moreno “is accepting responsibility for his own behavior and his own behavior alone.”

National video



Reader Poll

An 82-year-old Sterling man recently parachuted from a plane for the first time. Would you ever skydive?
Yes, I've never done it but would try it
Yes, I've already skydived and enjoy it
No, I've never done it and don't want to
No, I've done it and don't want to again