Corruption trial begins for ex-Chicago alderman

June 3, 2013

The Associated Press

File: In this Jan. 23, 2003 file photo, former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano is seen in Chicago. Jury selection for his trial is set to begin Monday, June 3, 2013.

Jury selection is set to begin in the corruption trial of a former Chicago alderman.

Ambrosio Medrano is facing felony bribery charges after authorities say he tried to accept kickbacks in schemes that included selling bandages to public hospitals.

Medrano spent nearly two years in prison after pleading guilty in 1996 in a government investigation into payoffs to aldermen and other Chicago-area politicians. He tried to run for re-election, but his bid was short-circuited when the Illinois Supreme Court said he was ineligible to serve because of the conviction.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday that the trial is expected to last about a week.