Former Cook County Commissioner Pleads Guilty in Federal Bribery Charges
Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno plead guilty on Monday morning to charges related to a bribery scheme where he accepted cash and other gifts from companies that he helped get government contracts, authorities said.
Moreno could face up to 20 years in prison and hefty financial fines for his part in the scheme. Moreno appeared in court before Judge Gary Feinerman on Monday. Dressed in a dark gray suite, Moreno said little in court as he stood and heard the charges read against him.
After the hearing, he refused comments through his attorney.
Moreno was first elected to the County Board in 1994 but lost re-election in 2010. He has been charged with allegedly taking a $5,000 payoff in connection with a waste transfer station in Cicero. He was also linked to a bribe scheme involving the sale of bandages to Stroger Hospital and other public hospitals, authorities alleged.