National Politics

Contractor convicted of then-Markham Mayor David Webb Jr.

The owner of a suburban Chicago company was found guilty of paying off a former mayor to secure work from the city.

A federal jury on Wednesday deliberated for about two hours before finding Michael Jarigese and his business, Tower Contracting, guilty of paying nearly $100,000 in bribes to then Markham mayor David Webb Jr.

Webb has pleaded guilty to corruption charges and provided testimony for the government at the trial in Chicago's U.S. District Court. Webb told jurors that Jarigese passed a number of bribes in coffee cups filled with cash during meetings in Webb's City Hall office.

As part of his deal, Webb said he took about $300,000 from Jarigese and other contractors doing business with the city beginning in 2008.

Thomas Summers, owner of Alsterda Cartage and Construction, is scheduled to go to trial later this year for bribery. He has pleaded not guilty.

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