From ABC NEWS:
WILLOW SPRINGS, Ill. (WLS) -- The mayor of southwest suburban Willow Springs announced Wednesday morning the findings of a three-year internal investigation of the village's police department.
Mayor Alan Nowaczyk said in a release that the internal investigation of a former Willow Springs police officer led to the firing, resignation or retirement of five officers - nearly half the department.
READ: Full statement from Willow Springs mayor
The village's investigation of use of public funds for private business and the use of Cook County Sheriff's funds to conduct an investigation of the mayor and others, began in 2013.
"There are several officers that were part of that phase of the investigation and currently it's being summarized and reviewed by an outside counsel," said Nowaczyk.
The release said one officer was fired for lying under oath, a second officer was fired for falsifying police documents, a third officer retired at the beginning of an interrogation, a fourth officer resigned after receiving notice he would be interrogated and a fifth officer resigned before the investigation was complete.
The investigation also found violations of the state gift ban act.
Nowaczyk said losing the officers has not affected public safety and all shifts are properly staffed.
The mayor said the village is working to hire new officers to replace the ones no longer working for the department. He said many will come through the Community Service Officer program.
There is some history with this police department.....
Ex-police Chief Of Willow Springs Indicted
1987-Michael Corbitt was a small-town police chief, but there is nothing small time about allegations that he has been involved with extortion, an arson plot, a mob-linked businessman and other unsavory types.
Corbitt was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to shake down an undercover FBI agent and helping to plan the firebombing of a tavern while police chief of Willow Springs, a southwest suburb with a population of about 4,000.
Other charges in the indictment accuse Corbitt of selling official Willow Springs police credentials, extorting $6,500 in free and discounted carpeting from a Posen merchant and extorting two handguns from a Lincolnwood businessman.
Corbitt, 43, was fired as Willow Springs police chief in 1982 amid charges of corruption and shakedowns.
About a year earlier, he had attracted the attention of federal authorities after he inherited more than $100,000 from a mob-tainted businessman who had been fatally injured by a car bomb.
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