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Equity: Illinois' Corrupt Women

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Illinois’ male public officials and politicians aren’t the only ones to behave badly. A recent study looked at the cases of 29 Illinois women involved in corrupt acts over a 25-year-period.

That’s the number rounded up by graduate student Ryan Ceresola. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale published the study.

They included the likes of former Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, wife of the ex.-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.  She was convicted of filing false tax returns. And there’s Dixon embezzler Rita Crundwell, a former treasurer who took that town for tens of millions. Sharon Hyde, former director of Island Lake’s village-run Creative Playtime Preschool was caught falsifying documents, while Glendale Heights’ then-Mayor Jeri Sullivan evaded taxes. Then there's former  Cicero Town President Betty Loren-Maltese ...

To see the study: opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ppi_papers/


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Ryan Ceresola


Maureen Foertsch McKinney is lead editor of Illinois Issues' feature articles, working with freelance writers, and covering the equity beat. Maureen joined the Illinois Issues in 1998 as projects editor. Previously, she worked at three Illinois daily newspapers, most recently the suburban Chicago-based Daily Herald, where she served stints as an education reporter and copy editor. She graduated in 1985 with a bachelor's in journalism. She also has a master's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
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