Former McCook Mayor and Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski have pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges, admitting he accepted multiple bribes totaling more than $250,000.
Tobolski, who is cooperating with federal investigators, was first charged last month with conspiracy to commit extortion and filing a false tax return, but at the time prosecutors provided few details of his crimes.
According to his plea agreement, Tobolski conspired with an unnamed McCook police officer to squeeze an unidentified restaurant owner seeking permission to host events involving the sale of alcohol at his restaurant – which had a five-year lease with the village – for a $29,700 cash bribe in 2016. At the time, Tobolski also served as a liquor commissioner in McCook.
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