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.