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State Week: Illinois and corruption

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

Former longtime Chicago Alderman Ed Burke was convicted this week on charges that included racketeering and attempted extortion. Prosecutors said Burke used his authority in efforts to gain business for his private law firm and other actions.

It was the fourth major case tied to public corruption that moved through Chicago's federal courthouse this year. On this episode, we discuss the Burke case and how voters view Illinois' history corruption.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and WBEZ reporter Dave McKinney.

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Dave McKinney, state politics reporter at WBEZ, spent 19 years as the Chicago Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief with additional stops at Reuters and the Daily Herald. His work also has been published in Crain’s Chicago Business, the New York Times and Chicago Magazine.