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Ex-aide to Ald. Brookins gets 15 months in prison for bribery

Ex-aide to Ald. Brookins gets 15 months in prison for bribery

As a teenager growing up on Chicago's South Side, Curtis Thompson Jr. used to come downtown at night to help his father, a city janitor, literally clean up City Hall. On Wednesday, he became the latest in a long line of dirty city officials to be sentenced to prison. "You messed up and you know it," U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan said in sentencing a contrite Thompson to 15 months behind bars for accepting a $7,500 cash bribe to fix a liquor license in Ald. Howard Brookins' 21st Ward. "City officials over the years, time and time again, have demonstrated their greed," the judge said. "...Such corruption cannot be tolerated, no matter what...

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