CHICAGO (WEEK) — A new study of federal corruption convictions across the U.S. pegs Chicago as the nation’s most corrupt city, and Illinois as the third-most corrupt state.
The annual Anti-Corruption Report from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Political Science said that while overall convictions for public corruption are on the decline, the Windy City continues to lead the way for corruption convictions.
Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami and Washington, D.C. round out the top five most corrupt cities, based on a survey of statistics from the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section between 1976 and 2017. On a statewide basis, Illinois comes out third when looked at on a per-capita basis, behind Washington, D.C. and Louisiana.
Some major cases cited in the study include the ongoing corruption trial of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria). That case is still ongoing.
In 2018, Chicago was one of four cities listed as being “under the dark clouds of major federal corruption investigations,” along with Atlanta, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.