Convictions, Indictments at a Furious Pace

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 19, 1997 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Convictions, Indictments at a Furious Pace


Byline: Bill Granger

Poor Jesse Evans.

His 15 minutes of infamy only lasted long enough for the next Chicago official to get indicted for taking bribes.

Jesse was convicted of corruption Monday for taking bribes. The South Side alderman barely had time to say he really, really wasn't guilty before the government indicted the next public official waiting in line.

U.S. Attorney Jim Burns needs a sense of spacing. He's moving the suspects along faster than Skinny Sheehan introducing Bulls on the stage in Grant Park.

Burns rushed to announce the indictment of Thomas Fuller, who used to run the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. He said Tuesday he has Fuller on tape proclaiming himself an "honest crook" after taking a $5,000 bribe. Burns intends to make a federal case out of it.

Back to Jesse Evans. He said he wasn't happy with the verdict. But he said he was happy that he fought the charge, rather than caving in to a plea.

Mayor Daley was reminded that Evans can hold on to his aldermanic seat from the 21st Ward until he is sentenced in October. Daley said that was too long. "October is a long way off," Daley said. It depends on your perspective. From Evans' point of view, October is just around the corner.

Evans is the third alderman found guilty of corruption in the latest round. A fourth alderman is expected to be indicted momentarily and bets are going down around the Hall on who it will be.

The news cameras focused on Evans briefly but then had to hurry on to the Fuller indictment announcement, as well as squeeze in time for Mayor Daley to re-explain his stance on ethics for aldermen.

The mayor said he's against one alderman's plan to ban political contributions to aldermen from companies doing business with the city. He said there was nothing wrong with those doing business with the city giving money to pols who run the city - they should just report it.

Daley supports an ethics board with subpoena powers to investigate aldermen. Eight years ago he supported something like this - with subpoena powers in the hands of an inspector general - but backed off when aldermen said they didn't like it. Times have changed, Daley is stronger and aldermen have developed squeaks when they talk.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Convictions, Indictments at a Furious Pace
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?