The attorney general - who is considering a gubernatorial bid in 2014 - announced today she is distributing money to food banks that her office won in a lawsuit consent decree with former Chicago Bears' player Chris Zorich concerning his charitable foundation. The attorney general's office investigated Zorich's charity accounts after a Chicago Tribune investigation questioned the charitable expenses and he admitted not filing tax returns for four years.
Zorich's charity collected $1.47 million from May 31, 2002, through the end of 2011, long past the time the fund was paying for charitable causes. From that total, $471,531 was spent for expenses and standard operations, with the fund holding $654,383 in its accounts. Under the decree, the Attorney General Lisa Madigan will be distributing those funds to charities.
$380,000 of the total distribution will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which annually provides food for 678,000 adults and children in Cook County through a network of 650 shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries.
Madigan will also distribute $120,000 from other settlements to the state’s seven regional food banks outside of Cook County.