The greatest thing the Occupy Wall Street movement did was create a national conversation in America about the continuing corruption between politicians, lawmakers and Wall Street.
The movement shined a light on the continuing divide between the haves and have-nots in this country. Corruption is nothing new in America; it has been woven into our Democracy so well that Betsy Ross is envious.
But thanks to data collected by Dick Simpson, the head of the University of Illinois at Chicago political science department, and his team, they were able to determine the most corrupted cities in America.
His own home city/state ranks as one of the leaders on the list; federal prosecutors secured a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois since 1976.
Four governors, two congressmen, a state treasurer, an attorney general, 11 state legislators, judges and dozens of aldermen have been convicted since the 1970s, according to the findings.
Included in that list was former Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich, who was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on charges that he attempted to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
From 1976 to 2010, the number of total Federal Public Corruption Convictions is staggering depending on the state.
We know Chicago has a history of corruption with the prohibition organized crime era of Al Capone, but where does the rest of the country rank?
Here’s how they break down. To view the report in its entirety, click here.