Corruption in Chicago

The story only got a few inches, and hardly any note. But needs to be noted. The Tribune reported that a former deputy clerk in the Cook County Criminal Courts Building got hung with a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to bribery. His crime? He solicited $15,000 from a woman, falsely promising to get her husband, a drug suspect, from jail. 

Now, there's a loyal wife for you.
Small potatoes corruption; an isolated jerk thinking he could get away with selling his office's integrity? Perhaps. But he got the idea from somewhere. Has Chicago's reputation for corruption become so rampant that public servants figure that it's routine? Making the perception the reality? 
Who knows? Just thanks to the prosecutors who put him away.   

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