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3/10/2005
Suburban Chicago Ticket-Fixing Scandal Caught on Tape
The mayor of Summit, Illinois was caught on tape admitting he fixed parking tickets for political support.

Mayor Joseph Strzelczyk
The mayor of the small village of Summit, a Chicago suburb, has been caught on tape admitting he fixed parking tickets in order to obtain political support for his initiatives. Specifically, Mayor Joseph Strzelczyk dismissed $100,000 in parking fines for several village trustees to obtain their vote for his plan to bring a casino to Summit.

Strzelczyk was taped during a speech he was giving to the Summit police union, and the village clerk confirms its authenticity. A copy of the tape was anonymously delivered to Strzelczyk's opponent in the upcoming mayoral election.

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ABC 7 has been unable to reach Vrdolyak or mayor Strzelczyk, but the police union confirms the tape is authentic. They say it was made without the mayor's knowledge in the middle of a dispute over the village's use of money from their pension fund.
Source: Alleged ticket-fixing corruption caught on tape (WLS-TV (Chicago), 3/10/2005)

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