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Cook County clerk plans to run for mayor of Chicago despite federal corruption probe

CHICAGO - Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown has been the focus of a long-running federal investigation into an alleged bribes-for-jobs scheme. On Thursday, she indicated she'll ask voters to elect her mayor of Chicago next year.

Even in a place where countless aldermen and several governors have done prison time for political corruption, the move's sheer chutzpah came as a shocker.

Alderman Roderick Sawyer said he saw Brown at a funeral Thursday morning, but she said nothing to him about her political plans.

"If she would have asked me, I would have suggested she look long and hard at what's going on in her life about making that decision," said Sawyer, chairman of the City Council's

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