- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the indictment of a Chicago alderman (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

An attorney for a prominent Chicago alderman says his client will fight the charges against him in a newly unveiled indictment.

Willie Cochran’s attorney spoke Wednesday after the grand jury indictment was filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The charges include federal program bribery and extortion.

Thomas Durkin said in a phone interview from New York that he hasn’t had the chance to go through all the documents in the case. But he says his client has an “outstanding reputation” and that they intend to “fight the charges vigorously.”

The indictment, among other things, accuses the alderman of pilfering at least $30,000 from a charitable fund, then spending at casinos and to pay his daughter’s college tuition.

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2 p.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he won’t discuss the details of the corruption charges levied against a prominent city alderman. Instead, he says that public service shouldn’t be used for personal gain.

The Democrat addressed reporters after a City Council meeting on Wednesday, the same day a grand jury indictment was filed against Willie Cochran in U.S. District Court. It includes 11 counts of wire fraud, two of federal program bribery and two counts of extortion.

Nearly three dozen Chicago aldermen have been convicted since the 1970s.

Emanuel was asked if he was worried about the perception of Chicago’s City Council. He told reporters it’s easy to “kick the council,” but many reforms have been made to raise standards.

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11:55 a.m.

A newly unveiled indictment accuses a well-known Chicago alderman of withdrawing at least $30,000 from a charitable fund he oversaw to pay his daughter’s college tuition and to spend on gambling.

The grand jury indictment of Willie Cochran was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. It includes 11 counts of wire fraud, two of federal program bribery and two counts of extortion.

The 22-page filing says the charity, called the 20th Ward Activities Fund, was ostensibly used to help feed poor families, buy winter coats for children and, among other things, to cover the cost of a Valentine’s Day party for senior citizens.

The indictment also says the Chicago Democrat demanded money from a liquor store owner and from a lawyer in exchange for official action.

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11:25 a.m.

Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran abruptly left a city council meeting after he was indicted on charges of extortion and fraud.

Cochran declined comment to reporters following him on Wednesday, saying he needed to see the details.

An indictment was filed in U.S. District Court charging him with 15 counts. That includes 11 counts of wire fraud, two of federal program bribery and two counts of extortion. If found guilty, he could technically face a maximum 280 years in prison.

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11:12 a.m.

A prominent Chicago alderman has been indicted on charges that he extorted money from a liquor store owner and pilfered funds from a local government activities fund to pay for gambling and his daughter’s college tuition.

An indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago charges Willie Cochran with 15 counts. That includes 11 counts of wire fraud, two of federal program bribery and two counts of extortion. Combined, if found guilty, he would technically face a maximum 280 years in prison.

The Chicago Democrat is an outspoken member of Chicago’s City Council. He served as a police officer for over 20 years and retired in 2003. He was recently elected to a third term on the council.

A message left for his attorney Wednesday morning wasn’t immediately returned.

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