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Former Ald. Ricardo Muñoz, center, leaves the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on March 17, 2022. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

“I don’t agree with the argument that because public corruption is ongoing and persistent, apparently that I should just throw up my hands and not sentence you to a term of imprisonment because it won’t do any good,” Judge John F. Kness said.

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Former Ald. Ricardo Muñoz, right, listens as his attorney Richard Kling addresses the news media on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

Strike a blow against the deep-rooted culture of corruption in Chicago and Illinois by sending former Ald. Ricardo Muñoz (22nd Ward) to prison, prosecutors urged a federal judge.

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Former Ald. Ricardo Muñoz, right, listens as his attorney Richard Kling addresses the news media on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

In a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday, defense attorney Richard Kling claimed that supervised release would be a “sentence sufficient, but not greater than necessary” penalty for the former Chicago alderperson.

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Former Ald. Ricardo Muñoz, right, listens as his attorney Richard Kling addresses the news media on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

The former Little Village alderperson's sentencing on charges of wire fraud and money laundering will be delayed by more than a month due to the latest surge of COVID-19.

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Ald. Ricardo Munoz appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 23, 2018. (WTTW News)

In a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday, federal prosecutors said former Ald. Ricardo Muñoz “abused his public position and betrayed the public trust” by embezzling nearly $38,000 in city money over the course of approximately three years.

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Former Ald. Ricardo Muñoz, right, listens as his attorney Richard Kling addresses the news media on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

The former 22nd Ward alderman pleaded guilty to two charges stemming from allegations that he drained more than $38,000 from the bank account of the City Council’s Progressive Reform Caucus and used those funds to pay for trips, jewelry, iPhones and tickets to sporting events.

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Ald. Ricardo Munoz appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 23, 2018. (WTTW News)

The former 22nd Ward alderman appears set to plead guilty three months after being indicted on charges that he drained more than $38,000 from the bank account of the City Council’s Progressive Reform Caucus and used those funds to pay for trips, jewelry, iPhones and tickets to sporting events.

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Ald. Ricardo Munoz appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 23, 2018. (WTTW News)

The former 22nd Ward alderman pleaded not guilty Wednesday after being indicted on charges that he drained more than $38,000 from the bank account of the City Council’s Progressive Reform Caucus and used those funds to pay for trips, jewelry, iPhones and tickets to sporting events.

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Ald. Ricardo Munoz appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 23, 2018. (WTTW News)

The former 22nd Ward alderman was indicted Thursday for draining the bank account of the City Council’s Progressive Reform Caucus and using those funds to pay for trips, jewelry, iPhones and tickets to sporting events.

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Ald. Ricardo Munoz, 22nd Ward (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Ald. Ricardo Munoz is facing domestic abuse charges, and the field of candidates for Chicago mayor is narrowing. Political reporters Paris Schutz and Amanda Vinicky have those stories and more in this week’s roundtable.

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City Council overwhelmingly approved a 2019 budget with no major tax or fee increases, but the next mayor and City Council will face rapidly rising city pension obligations and a host of other issues.

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Ald. Ricardo Munoz appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 23, 2018. (WTTW News)

He has represented Chicago’s 22nd Ward since 1993 but announced Monday he will not run for re-election. Ald. Ricardo Munoz joins us to discuss his major career move.

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Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke is under fire once again for an alleged conflict-of-interest violation involving two downtown buildings.

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City budget hearings are underway. A panel of aldermen joins us with their take on the city budget and Chicago’s long-term fiscal health.

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Rising tensions within the Chicago City Council bring warnings of a new round of council wars. All at a time when a watchdog group says the city is teetering on the brink of a fiscal crisis. We hear what some aldermen have to say.

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Chicago City Council

The Mayor has already shot down the idea of a toll booth on Lake Shore Drive. But will any of the other ideas from Chicago's Inspector General to close the city's huge budget hole ever see the light of day -- like taxing suburbanites? Carol Marin and her panel of aldermen take that up.