A familiar name from the political past - Morgan Finley - surfaced in a Better Government Association (BGA) investigation of financial questions about a little-known public agency in west suburban Lyons Township.
Finley, a protege of the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, cut his political teeth in Daley’s 11th Ward Democratic organization; served in the Illinois General Assembly, and was Cook County Circuit Court Clerk in the 1970s.
His high-visibility career ended with a 1989 conviction and jail sentence for racketeering and attempted extortion — taking bribes to steer government work to a favored company — but by then he had already established a new political base as the low-visibility, patronage-rich Lyons Township Democratic committeeman.
The BGA came across Finley’s name in its investigation of the Lyons Township School Treasurer’s Office and the man who ran it for decades, Robert Healy. ...More HERE