- Associated Press
Friday, February 14, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) - A member of the staff of a Cook County board member has been charged with conspiring to pay bribes to secure approval of red-light cameras in Oak Lawn, according to an indictment made public Friday.

Patrick Doherty of Palos Heights is charged with three counts of bribery. The indictment contends Doherty, 64, worked as a sales agent for the red-light camera company that was contracted since 2014 to provide cameras to Oak Lawn. He is accused of working with two others to pay a relative of an Oak Lawn village trustee approximately $4,000 to secure approval to install the cameras. Doherty’s lawyer, Michael J. Monaco, has declined to comment on the charges.


Doherty is the chief of staff to Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski, who also serves as mayor of McCook. Federal agents targeted Tobolski’s municipal office during a September raid.

In a statement, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she is “deeply disturbed” by the charges against Doherty. She pointed out corruption erodes the public’s trust in government and elected officials, and “has no place in Cook County.”


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