Blatant corruption seems to be the Democrat M.O.
Before we get into the meat and potatoes of the story, can we just take a second to realize that this is the third Chicago official guilty of political corruption recently?
Sources say that Carrie Austin is now facing federal charges for bribery, and general political corruption.
The bribery mostly involves real estate construction and development, but I think everyone can see where I am going with this.
How someone does anything is how they typically do everything, and engaging in this type of bribery means these officials probably have no problem engaging in other types of political corruption.
Political corruption that say—causes election ‘irregularities’.
Looks like it’s time to get back to draining the swamp, and saving America.
Take a look:
U.S. Attorney John Lausch’s office alleges that Ald. Carrie Austin and her top aide, Chester Wilson Jr., took bribes from a developer in exchange for access to millions of taxpayer dollars.https://t.co/FELepbxu23
— WBEZ (@WBEZ) July 1, 2021
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Also key to Austin’s indictment is $1.32 million made available annually to every member of the Chicago City Council for infrastructure maintenance and improvements in their respective wards, known as the “Aldermanic Menu.”
Neither Austin nor her attorney could be reached Thursday for comment.
Wilson hung up on a Sun-Times reporter. His attorney did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Austin and Wilson are to be arraigned July 8.
The latest corruption indictment dropped almost exactly four years after prosecutors say Austin accepted the sump pumps and dehumidifier on July 6 and 7 in 2017.
The indictment makes Austin the third sitting member of the Chicago City Council currently under federal indictment.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is quick to dump on Ald. Edward Burke but still no statement on Carrie Austin’s indictment
— Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) July 2, 2021
The U.S. attorney's office says Austin conspired "to receive home improvements from construction contractors seeking city assistance." https://t.co/41q4aqIbLj
— Crain's Chicago Business (@CrainsChicago) July 1, 2021
Breaking 911 had more details:
Austin, 72, of Chicago, is charged with one count of conspiring to use interstate facilities to promote bribery, two counts of using interstate facilities to promote bribery, and one count of willfully making materially false statements to the FBI. Austin’s Chief of Staff, Chester Wilson Jr., 55, of Chicago, is charged with one count of conspiring to use interstate facilities to promote bribery, two counts of using interstate facilities to promote bribery, and one count of theft of government funds.
According to the indictment, starting in 2014 a construction company planned to construct a residential development in Austin’s ward at a cost of approximately $49.6 million. Under an agreement with the city, the company was responsible for making infrastructure improvements within the project, including construction of new interior streets, street lighting, landscaping, and sidewalk improvements, and was eligible to receive more than $10 million in tax increment financing and other payments from the city.
The indictment alleges that, beginning in 2016, Austin and Wilson were provided with personal benefits by the owner of the construction company and other contractors in an effort to influence them in their official capacities. The benefits included home improvements, furniture, and appliances for Austin’s residence, and home improvement materials and services for rental properties owned by Wilson, the indictment states.