A study by the University of Illinois indicates that the most corrupt city in the United States is Chicago, under Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, far surpassing Los Angeles, in second place with almost twice as many inhabitants, and even New York, in third place with three times as many inhabitants. 

The research takes reference data from the Department of Justice, between 1976 and 2019, during which time in Chicago about 1,800 convictions for corruption were handed down, according to local media WGN TV on Feb. 25.  

Closely related to the city’s corruption is Illinois, this one also led by a Democrat, Gov. J.B. Pritzker—the state ranked third in the country.

Likewise, the report acknowledges that this data is only a reflection of the actual degree of corruption occurring in the state’s largest city. 

“It does not come close to capturing the significance of the corruption events of those years. They overlook both the sheer number and significance of public officials caught up in the political scandal of those years,” he warned, as quoted by local media outlet News WTTW. 

Among the most attention-grabbing cases are those of 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke, who was indicted on 14 counts of racketeering, bribery, and extortion, in May 2019.

One of the most high-profile cases was that of former state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) on the charge of taking bribes, to which he pleaded guilty in 2019.

Also in the same year, former 20th District Councilman Willie Cochran pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud whereby he used a charitable fund for personal expenses.

Meanwhile, Twitter user @402voice recalls that Chicago is the hometown of former President Barack Obama, and brings up the famous fraud case involving Jussie Smollet, an actor who faked a racist attack.

This netizen attaches photos of Smollet having fun with Obama and his wife, Michelle, at the White House. 

“Obama’s former city—Chicago. Jussie smollet city released in, all 16 FELLONIES dropped, no trial—Chicago. Most corrupt city in America -chicago,” wrote @402voice.