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Chicago — The Indiana Attorney General’s office and the City of East Chicago, just over the state’s border with Illinois, is bringing on two former federal prosecutors to battle former East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick and other former city officials who allegedly used $18 million in city money to buy votes in the 1999 Democrat mayoral primary. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Collins, who prosecuted former Illinois Gov. George Ryan in Chicago, and Ted Chung, who was also an assistant U.S. attorney and most recently worked as first assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago, will be the lead trial counsel on the case in U.S. District of Indiana Court. Both joined Perkins Coie’s Chicago office in March. The City of East Chicago and Indiana allege that the defendants used the money to pay for constructing sidewalks, patios, driveways, porches and parking lots and in return sought votes from people who received the favors, according to the lawsuit filed in 2004. Pastrick was first elected mayor of East Chicago in 1971 and then was re-elected through 2003. The mayor was ousted in 2004 after the state’s supreme court found that his 2003 campaign was tainted. “It’s work that I feel very comfortable with,” Collins said in an interview. “We put in our credentials and some others put in their credentials and we were later notified that we got the case.” Collins and Chung will be working as special deputy attorneys general on the case and will be helped by staff attorneys from Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter’s office. The state and the city are seeking actual, punitive and treble damages plus attorney fees in the lawsuit.

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