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Ex-Ald. Medrano 'couldn't live with myself' if he flipped

Former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano speaking mediDirksen Federal Building Friday Jan. 10 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano speaking to the media at the Dirksen Federal Building on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 15, 2014 7:21AM



Ambrosio Medrano says he doesn’t want to be known around town as a stand-up guy. At least not in the sense that Chicago’s political hacks mean when they use that term of endearment.


Likewise, he says he doesn’t want to toss such nasty City Hall slurs as “mole,” “stool pigeon,” “rat” or “snitch” at those troublemakers who seek leniency through secret cooperation with federal law-enforcement agents.


Never mind that Medrano faces a second prison stay — this one scheduled to last 13 years — after again getting nabbed by a confidential government informant sporting a hidden recording device.


The thrice-convicted, 60-year-old former alderman remains convinced he made the best choice he could when he rejected the feds’ efforts to flip him to their side.


Had he agreed to wear a wire, Medrano likely would have avoided being sentenced to such a long stretch behind bars.


Being an informant simply wasn’t for him.



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