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Chicago alderman indicted on extortion, other charges

CHICAGO (AP) – A prominent Chicago alderman has been indicted on charges that he extorted money from a liquor store owner and pilfered funds from a local government activities fund to pay for gambling and his daughter’s college tuition.

As Alderman Willie Cochran attended Wednesday’s City Council meeting, an indictment was filed in U.S. District Court charging him with 15 counts. That includes 11 counts of wire fraud, two of federal program bribery and two counts of extortion. Combined, if found guilty, he could technically face a maximum 280 years in prison.

Before he was first elected as alderman in 2007, the Democrat served as a police officer for over 20 years.

Cochran abruptly left Wednesday’s meeting. He declined to comment to reporters following him, saying he needed to see the details.

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