LaShawn Ford's trial

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LaShawn Ford, the state rep from the West Side and Oak Park, is scheduled to go on trial in federal court next week. The charges have to do not with Ford's years in public office but rather his time as a real estate agent and small developer on the West Side, and his financial relationship with the now failed Shore Bank.
We don't know all the evidence. We can't prejudge the outcome. But we will reiterate what we have said previously and that is LaShawn Ford is a man we admire, a politician we respect.
The easiest route here is to shake one's head and one's fist at the unending corruption of our politicians. The West Side offers up a rogue's gallery of crookedness and greed. Rep. Derrick Smith's recent conviction on bribery charges is only the latest sample of blatant thievery and the sale of one's office. To not be cynical and lump Ford into this cast of crooks is hard.
We'd urge you to try. This case is more about bad bookkeeping by a real estate entrepreneur, more about sloppy recordkeeping by a bank in boom times than it is about all the things which make us despair about our politics. LaShawn Ford is a good and decent man. We will see if the justice system can discern the differences here.

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Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal Wednesday Journal Employee

Posted: August 4th, 2014 10:09 AM

Hold tight on that. Our story is about to post and is very different.


Posted: August 4th, 2014 9:59 AM

Per the Sun Times, Ford is expected to plead guilty this morning in federal bank fraud case.


Posted: July 30th, 2014 2:16 PM

The checks written to Horseshoe Casino raise a big red flag. Misappropriating funds to pay off a gambling debt is not what I'd want from an elected official. He set out to make his bank in the private sector, got in over his head in the real estate bubble, then got caught trying to move money around in a deceptive manner. Seems like his "entrepreneurial ways" conflicted with his public service, which seems more like his fallback plan more than anything. Play on your own dime, not mine.

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