“I’m very grateful that Mr. [Thomas] Durkin and his team looked at me as a man, and really listened to me and said, ‘We’re going to work to find the truth.'”

State Rep. LaShawn Ford, speaking to media with his attorney following his court date at the Dirksen federal building Aug. 4, where he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tax charge. Ford had faced 17 felony counts of bank fraud, which were dropped by federal prosecutors last week.