Friday, September 16, 2005
Joseph Cari and Steven Loren, who yesterday entered into plea agreements admitting to steering state contracts for political purposes, had both previously made political contributions themselves to Illinois candidates. Steven Loren gave a total of $4,800, mostly to Gov. Blagojevich ($4,500) and the remainder to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Joseph Cari gave $3,400, including $200 to former Chicago Bull Bob Love for his failed aldermanic effort, $250 to Chicago Clerk of Court Dorothy Brown, and $250 to Andrew Boron, who lost a primary to current State Rep. Ken Dunkin. But the biggest recipient of Cari’s giving was former Calumet City Mayor Jerry Genova, who got $2,700 between 1998 and 2001, when he was convicted of racketeering, theft of funds, and mail fraud charges.