Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.
State

Former Cook County official found guilty of fraud

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Cook County official has been found guilty of steering no-bid contracts to acquaintances and reaping $35,000 in kickbacks.

Eugene Mullins was director of communications for former Cook County President Todd Stroger between 2008 and 2010.

He was convicted Wednesday of three counts of wire fraud and four counts of accepting kickbacks after a week-long trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 19. Mullins faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of wire fraud and 10 years on each count of accepting kickbacks.

The contracts were for initiatives that included promoting energy efficiency and helping residents affected by floods.

Defense attorney Brunell Donald-Kyei maintains there are things the jury didn't get to hear and says she still believes Mullins is innocent.

Loading more