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Cochran pleads not guilty in federal corruption case


Alderman Willie Cochran pleaded not guilty in a federal corruption case in court on Friday morning.

The 20th Ward alderman was indicted on wire fraud, bribery and extortion charges on December 14.

The South Side alderman had been the target of a grand jury investigation for at least the past year.

He’s accused of shaking down a liquor store manager, a real estate developer and taking money from his own charity.

Prosecutors said Cochran used the money to help pay his daughter’s college tuition.

He is the third 20th ward alderman to be indicted on corruption charges in the last 30 years.

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