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Kerner Sentence / Chicago Corruption #228159

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 19, 1973
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(Studio) Judge Otto Kerner, former Illinois governor, sentenced to 3 years in prison and $50,000 fine for his part in race track bribery scheme.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Kerner says he never benefitted financially from public office. Kerner's conviction 1 more embarrassment for old friend Mayor Richard Daley. Daley gave much of city's insurance business to a firm run by one of Daley's sons. [DALEY - refuses to talk about son's business with reporters] [Chicago "Daily News" columnist Mike ROYKO - says doesn't think affair will hurt Daley.] County clerk Edward Barrett sentenced to 3 years for accepting bribes. Ex-alderman convicted of bribery in zoning case. Other aldermen being investigated for bribery. Alderman Thomas Keane, mayor's floor leader in city cncl., accused of using his position to push through legislation which resulted in vast real estate profits for himself and friends. [Chicago Better Govt. Association J. Terrence BRUNNER - says public trust in government at all-time low.] [DALEY - says has only heard allegations, not facts.] United States attorney James Thompson prime mover in investigations. [THOMPSON - says corruption pervades city.] Repb Bernard Carry won office as county prosecutor last fall. Promises concerted attack with Thompson on corruption. [DALEY - says nobody pays any attention to what reporters say about him.] Last of Chicago's saloon keeper aldermen, Paddy Bowler, once said Chicago ain't ready for reform yet. Ready or not, Chicago may face cleanup.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

Cronkite, Walter;
Plante, Bill

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