Chief of staff for Chicago alderman charged with accepting bribes

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A high ranking staffer to a powerful Chicago alderman was charged with accepting a bribe as part of a federal undercover probe.

The FBI says Curtis Thompson Jr., chief of staff to Alderman Howard Brookins, took $7500 dollars from an undercover agent who was pretending to open a convenience store.

They say they’ve got audio and video recordings of Thompson agreeing to obtain a letter of support from Brookins in order to get the agent a license to sell alcohol.

The operative was later asked to donate to Brookins’ holiday toy drive and to co-sponsor his Christmas party where he gave Thompson a Christmas card with 75 $100 dollar bills.

Brookins provided the letter, but hasn’t been accused of accepting any money and hasn’t been charged with a crime.

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