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CHICAGO – Welcome back to Continuing Corruption, the series about how the Illinois Democrat Party is filled with people who say one thing and do another. Our series was supposed to wrap up at the end of the summer, but the Democrat Party just keeps giving us content, and who are we to look a gift horse in the mouth? This week we’re talking about Chicago’s City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin, who is now being accused of misconduct and ethics violations.

Those allegations? Brought on by her own employees.

The claims came to light when a letter, written by a Chicago attorney on behalf of the former employees, was published by the Chicago Tribune. The letter alleges that Conyears-Ervin consistently misused city resources and funds for her personal benefit. An elected leader who is supposed to be a steward for the city’s finances was supposedly requiring staff to perform personal tasks — such as planning her daughter’s birthday party or grocery shopping — and of trying to force a bank the city does business with to issue a mortgage on her husband’s aldermanic office. You know, things that are necessary for the city of Chicago.

This investigation has led to the seizure of computers and documents from her office.

And you know the worst part? In 2021, those two former employees got $100K in a settlement after they rightly sued for wrongful termination. Just another example of taxpayer dollars being used to clean up a corrupt politician’s mess instead of benefiting the city.

The investigation is now focused on whether criminal political corruption was involved, particularly regarding allegations that Conyears-Ervin pressured the bank named in the story, a city business partner, to participate in her personal financial matters.

Conyears-Ervin is currently campaigning to be the Democrat nominee for Illinois’s 7th Congressional district, and we don’t see this investigation helping her election odds, but knowing the Illinois Democrat Party? Who can say.

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