Cynthia Canary, Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, released the following statement in reaction to the convictions of Robert Sorich, former director of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and his three co-defendants:
A U.S. Supreme Court decision, newspaper exposés, and angry taxpayers have not been able to stop corrupt hiring practices in Chicago City Hall. Some long prison terms should help clean up City Hall. The men convicted today were not merely “playing the game” the way it has always been played. Government isn’t a game. Public funds and the health and safety of the public were at stake. The schemers who treat government as a game should be drummed out of City Hall and we’re confident U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and the scores of prosecutors and investigators working with him will remain vigilant.