Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno Sentenced in Federal Bribery Case
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#1 Feb 19, 2014
Ex-County Commissioner Moreno sentenced to 11 years in federal bribery case
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter February 19, 2014
A federal judge Wednesday sentenced former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno to 11 years in prison in connection with bribes and other favors involving county contracts and a business deal in Cicero.
“There were so many schemes, over so long a period of time,” Judge Gary Feinerman said in handing down the sentence on Tuesday.“The conduct was so brazen. It was not an aberration. It was standard operating procedure.”
In sentencing below the lower end of the guidelines, Feinerman said he took into account Moreno’s age, the fact that he has young children and that he has already lost so much — friends and his reputation.
Last July, Moreno confessed to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion. He signed a plea deal in which he admitted to taking a $5,000 cash bribe from a company seeking to build a waste transfer station in Cicero and to getting a $100,000 mortgage on his house erased in exchange for his influence in a county hospital contract.
He also confessed to seeking future favors in two deals. Federal authorities said Moreno wanted stock options for a company selling bandages to Cook County Hospital, plus $5 for each bandage sold.
In the Cicero matter, Moreno expected another $5,000 plus 10 percent of the transfer station’s profits, according to the plea agreement.
The crimes occurred in Moreno’s capacity as a Cook County commissioner, an office he held from 1994 to 2010, and in his 2010 work as a member of Cicero’s Local Business Assistance Committee. His case was seen as a possible connection to other federal investigations in Cicero.
Following Moreno’s plea hearing, his attorney said his client had made no promises to develop evidence in other prosecutions.
Federal guidelines suggested a sentence of 14 to 17 1/2 years in prison.
#2 Feb 19, 2014
The Dishonorable Cook County Commissioner Joseph Moreno is like Attorney Mayor Vargas, a rising STAR in the Cook County Democratic Party. Attorney Mayor Vargas has been nothing but a Don Peloquin- Bob Rita Puppet, who is unable to make decisions on his own.
#3 Feb 19, 2014
Several times Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feinerman marveled at how — given the well-publicized history of political corruption in Illinois — former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno couldn’t have known that what he was doing was illegal.
In the end, Feinerman attributed Moreno’s seeming indifference to something even older than dirty politics: simple greed.
“He was an eager participant in all the schemes,” Feinerman said of Moreno’s crimes.“He embraced them with gusto and excitement, and pursued them with vigor.”
This behavior reminds me of a local State Rep, and his associates.
#4 Feb 19, 2014
“so many schemes, over so long a period of time, conduct so brazen. It is not an aberration. It is Blue Island standard operating procedure.”
#5 Feb 19, 2014
Kinda reminds me of the old joke: "How many Moreno's does it take to screw up an easy bribe?"
Answer: Just one.
Or the sign he had on his desk. "Don't ask me - I only get drunk and take bribes here."
Only old Joe only know how many do-nothing jobs he got for his friends and family members that you residents of Chicago and Cook County still pay for. Every minute of every day.
Old Joe. He wasn't asking for crumbs on his deals. He was Mister Ten Percent. Senor Diez Por Ciento.
Hasta La Vista, Senor Diez Por Ciento.
#6 Feb 19, 2014
So he didnt snitch on anyone else and STILL got below the lower end of sentencing here? My Lord, the special treatment continues, even at the Judicial level...Blago never took a dime and got 14 years...this bum stole his whole career and got 11?.
Why didnt they make this guy talk and give other dirty names? Surely a Daley would have come up somewhere in that talk.
We got ripped off again by a low sentence for Moreno.
#7 Feb 19, 2014
His wife will be lonely.
No she won't.
She is Mexican, she's already got other suitors lined up around the block. She's legal, remember?
#8 Feb 20, 2014
It starts locally with library and school boards, municipal governments, political appointments, townships, then moves through the county and state with a monster dump on the tax paying public.
#9 Feb 21, 2014
This is what the Cook County Democrats do best.
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