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Judge to set trial date June 27 for former top Stroger aide in corruption case


Carla Oglesby

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Updated: June 11, 2012 11:15AM

More than a year after her arrest and indictment on corruption charges, Carla Oglesby — who was a former top aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger — is due in court later this month, with a judge expected to set a trial date.

At a hearing Monday, Cook County Judge James Linn set a hearing for July 27 at which it’s expected he’ll set a trial date.

Oglesby was arrested in October 2010. She has remained free on bail pending her trial on charges that include theft of government property over $100,000, money laundering and official misconduct.

She’s accused of steering no-bid, no-work contracts to friends and her own private public relations firm.

Oglesby was running a small public relations firm when she was tapped to be Stroger’s message-shaper in the final months of what turned out to be a failed re-election bid. Stroger ended up losing the February 2010 primary.

Days after the election, the lame-duck county government boss promoted Oglesby, making her his $120,000-a-year deputy chief of staff.

According to her indictment, Oglesby handed out more than a dozen county contracts for a total of $300,000 for public relations work from mid-February 2010, when she was hired, to the time of her arrest eight months later.

The contracts were to get the word out about a range of issues, including environmental issues and the availability of grants in the wake of floods.

Authorities say the work was never done.

Each contract was just under the $25,000 threshold at that time that would have required approval for the work by the full Cook County Board.

Oglesby allegedly steered one county contract — for $24,976 — to the public relations firm she ran on the side, using the money for personal expenses and moving money around through various bank accounts in an attempt to hide its source.

Days after her arrest, Stroger fired her.

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