Equity: Illinois' Corrupt Women

Jun 17, 2015

Rita Crundwell
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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/


Ryan Ceresola
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