Acosta served for many years as a 14th Ward precinct captain beneath Burke, who was charged in a sweeping racketeering indictment in 2019 with utilizing his highly effective place as chairman of Metropolis Council Finance Committee to strong-arm businessmen to rent his personal legislation agency to enchantment their property taxes.
Acosta was additionally a key marketing campaign aide for Sandoval, a Southwest Facet legislator who was head of the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee. Sandoval resigned after his Springfield workplaces had been raided in 2019, and final 12 months he pleaded responsible to bribery expenses alleging he agreed to behave as a “protector” for a red-light digital camera firm in Springfield in alternate for money funds.
Sandoval, who was cooperating within the ongoing probe, died final December of COVID-19-related causes.
After Sandoval was charged, rumors of Acosta’s cooperation started circulating in authorized circles. He denied being an informant when approached by a Tribune reporter in October 2019.
Acosta’s son, Rudy Acosta III, is at the moment dealing with federal drug conspiracy expenses alleging he distributed massive quantities of narcotics within the Chicago space for Mexican cartel members.
In the meantime, the elder Acosta’s title surfaced in 2019 in a separate federal case alleging the operator of a clout-heavy Summit tavern paid $6,500 in bribes to 2 undisclosed officers within the southwest suburb in alternate for official acts benefiting one among his companies.