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City Worker Sentenced for Corruption Convictions

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A former City of Chicago employee has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges.

This past summer, John Resa pleaded guilty to charges that he was involved in politically-rigged hiring at city hall. Also that he lied about it to a grand jury.

For years, Resa worked for the city of Chicago and the Hispanic Democratic Organization, otherwise known as the HDO. HDO is a branch of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s political operation, one that’s been heavily implicated in the federal investigation of City Hall.

In his plea agreement filed in July, Resa admits that he promised HDO political workers city jobs and benefits. Resa’s the latest HDO member to be convicted of illegally mixing city jobs and politics. Former Commissioner of Streets and Sanitation Al Sanchez, a high-ranking member of HDO, is also on the hook in the federal investigation.

John Resa is one of 46 people convicted in the federal probe of Chicago city government. He’ll begin serving his year-and-a-half prison sentence in January.

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