Opinion: Automatic Pay Raises Haven't Stopped Chicago's Corruption

This week 45 of the 50 city of Chicago aldermen accepted a 5.5% pay raise to increase the highest-paid among them to an annual salary of $130,000. The pay raise is automatic, and tied to inflation — which, as we've heard on this very program, is on the rise. This is a reform that prevents aldermen from raising their own salaries. It also frees them from having to defend their pay raises when they run for reelection.
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Arkansas Online

White Hall School Board member Roy Coleman arrested in battery case

A White Hall School Board member did not attend Tuesday’s regular meeting, days after his arrest on suspicion of third-degree battery involving his wife. Roy Douglas Coleman, 55, was booked into the Dub Brassell Detention Center at 8:20 p.m. Sept. 6 and released at 12:29 p.m. Sept. 7, according to the jail log. Information regarding his bond was not available at the White Hall District Court clerk’s office.
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Augusta Free Press

Two former Bureau of Prisons officials sentenced for bribery scheme

News, press releases, letters to the editor: Former Bureau of Prisons correctional officers at Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg, Stephen Taylor and Shanice Bullock, were sentenced for their respective roles in a bribery scheme that allowed for the introduction of contraband into the prison. “Taylor and Bullock blatantly abused their...

SLO allows Dayspring to transfer marijuana store to girlfriend

The city of San Luis Obispo will allow embattled marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring’s Natural Healing Center to open with his girlfriend holding the controlling ownership stake, though the dispensary risks losing its permit if it does not begin operating within the next five weeks. [New Times]. Dayspring, who recently pleaded...
Contra Costa Herald

Contractor from Orinda sentenced to two years in federal prison for bribing SF public official over seven years

Also fined $127,000; defendant bribed former SF DPW Director Mohammed Nuru with money, meals and gifts – including a tractor. “Varela’s conduct with Nuru was business as usual for Varela.”. By U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. SAN FRANCISCO – Alan Varela was sentenced Thursday, Sept. 16,...
US News and World Report

Classmate in College Bribery Trial: Recruit's Profile Bogus

BOSTON (AP) — One of the students prosecutors say was admitted to the University of Southern California with bogus athletic credentials as part of the college admissions bribery scheme didn’t even make her high school’s varsity basketball team, a former classmate testified at trial. The testimony came Friday as prosecutors...

Chicago company named in Amtrak bribery scheme

CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) – The FBI said they have uncovered a bribery scheme involving a Chicago company and Amtrak contractors. Investigators say the company Mark One Restoration gave gifts to an Amtrak official overseeing the $100 million renovation of the Philadelphia Train Station. The gifts allegedly included Bruno Mars tickets and lavish trips, in addition to steak and cigars.