Ex-official in jobs scheme sentenced

From Times Wire Reports

A former high-ranking aide to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for covering up illegal patronage hiring at City Hall.

“The offense is corruption -- corruption with a capital C,” U.S. District Judge David H. Coar told 43-year-old Robert A. Sorich. “For people to owe their jobs to political advancement rather than performance on the job stinks.”

The judge added: “I don’t give a hoot whether this has been going on for 200 years -- it still stinks.”

The mayor has not been accused of wrongdoing in the case.