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Ex-Chicago Alderman Sentenced

October 17, 1997

CHICAGO (AP) _ A former city alderman was sentenced Thursday to 41 months in prison for extorting $10,000 from the operator of a rock-crushing business and accepting a $7,300 bribe.

Jesse Evans, who resigned from the City Council on Wednesday, was sentenced to federal prison followed by two years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service. Evans also was ordered to pay $9,762 in restitution to the city, and a $2,000 fine.

On June 16, a jury convicted Evans on 15 counts of extortion, bribery, mail fraud, racketeering, tax violations and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors accused Evans, an alderman since 1987, of extorting $10,000 from the operator of a rock-crushing business and accepting $7,300 in return for having city street sweepers regularly clean a private construction site in his South Side ward.

Evans contended the payments, caught on videotape, were legal campaign contributions. But he did not disclose them on campaign finance reports.

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