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Former alderman apologizes for bribery charges - again

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Former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano apologized to his family and supporters Tuesday, following his arrest on corruption charges last week. It's the second time he's faced bribery charges.

After five nights in prison, Medrano was released on bond around 7 p.m. Tuesday night, where he made his remarks.

He said going through this process the second time around doesn't feel good. But he thinks the situation is different this time around.

Prosecutors called him a flight risk last week, but they agreed Tuesday to his release on$175,000 bond, secured by his mother-in-law's home. She and his wife appeared with him in court.

"I'd just like to apologize to my family and to those people who had put some faith in me when I was released the first time, for being in this predicament," Medrano said.

Medrano was arrested last Thursday for his alleged involvement in two kickback schemes involving supplier to public hospitals.

But more surprising than the two schemes was that he'd already done 21 months in prison for bribery, 16 years ago.

This time, he was charged along with his former boss, former Cook County commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno, who has met with prosecutors and may be cooperating.

Medrano's lawyers said he was set up, but the man said he hasn't seen the charges for Moreno, so he has no comment on the belief that Moreno may have betrayed him.

Medrano had recently been interested in ministering to ex-offenders, and his lawyers said he was sincere.

"But you still get tempted, and sometimes you fall," Attorney John DeLeon said.

After his first stint in prison, Medrano said he was entitled to get on with his life, because he had paid his dues. The question Tuesday night was whether he'll have to pay an even higher price if a jury finds he broke the law once again.

Moreno was released on bond last week. He declined to comment about the charges.

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