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Mid-October 1999:

During the late 1990s, dozens of local officeholders and attorneys became swept up in a widening public corruption and organized crime probe that ultimately led to roughly 70 arrests. This was my take.

During the late 1990s, dozens of local officeholders and attorneys became swept up in a widening public corruption and organized crime probe that ultimately led to roughly 70 arrests. This was my take.

Feb., 1999

Mahoning County Sheriff Phil Chance’s indictment on racketeering charges in February of 1999 drew immediate comparisons with another Mahoning County Sheriff who was indicted on similar charges nearly 20 years earlier. Chance proved an agreeable target for this cartoonist since his hairstyle was highlighted by a pronounced white streak down the middle, which was then […]

Mahoning County Sheriff Phil Chance’s indictment on racketeering charges in February of 1999 drew immediate comparisons with another Mahoning County Sheriff who was indicted on similar charges nearly 20 years earlier. Chance proved an agreeable target for this cartoonist since his hairstyle was highlighted by a pronounced white streak down...

February, 2010

In early 2010, long-time Mahoning Valley legislator state Sen. Bob Hagan became embroiled in a dust-up at a local nightclub in which he was knocked to the floor. Thankfully, his injuries weren’t serious, and in some ways the incident pales when compared to other political punches he took during his bid for congress during the […]

In early 2010, long-time Mahoning Valley legislator state Sen. Bob Hagan became embroiled in a dust-up at a local nightclub in which he was knocked to the floor. Thankfully, his injuries weren’t serious, and in some ways the incident pales when compared to other political punches he took during his...

March, 1992

The longtime, colorful Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman Don Hanni went forth and nominated several candidates for office during the March primary in 1992. Few of them won. Here’s one of the many Hanni cartoons that have graced the pages of The Business Journal over the last three decades…

The longtime, colorful Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman Don Hanni went forth and nominated several candidates for office during the March primary in 1992. Few of them won. Here’s one of the many Hanni cartoons that have graced the pages of The Business Journal over the last three decades...

March, 1995

In March 1995, the Division I-AA National Football Champions YSU Penguins and head football coach Jim Tressel were invited to the White House to meet with then-president Bill Clinton. As that political year dawned, Clinton had a handful on his plate already. Nine months earlier, Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton, the […]

In March 1995, the Division I-AA National Football Champions YSU Penguins and head football coach Jim Tressel were invited to the White House to meet with then-president Bill Clinton. As that political year dawned, Clinton had a handful on his plate already. Nine months earlier, Paula Jones filed a sexual...

February, 2000

The 2000 Congressional race in the then 17th District of Ohio grew even more interesting when former U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams vied for the Republican Party’s nomination for his old seat. Williams was elected to represent the 19th District which included Youngstown and Warren in 1978, which became part of the 17th District after the […]

The 2000 Congressional race in the then 17th District of Ohio grew even more interesting when former U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams vied for the Republican Party’s nomination for his old seat. Williams was elected to represent the 19th District which included Youngstown and Warren in 1978, which became part of...

April, 1999

President Bill Clinton, fresh from surviving his impeachment trial related to perjury charges connected with the Monica Lewinsky scandal, appeared on television to justify the U.S.-led bombardment of targets in Yugoslavia as a “moral imperative” to stop the ethnic cleansing campaign of Slobadon Milosevic. Given what had just transpired in the president’s personal life, it […]

President Bill Clinton, fresh from surviving his impeachment trial related to perjury charges connected with the Monica Lewinsky scandal, appeared on television to justify the U.S.-led bombardment of targets in Yugoslavia as a “moral imperative” to stop the ethnic cleansing campaign of Slobadon Milosevic. Given what had just transpired in...

July 2000

This cartoon, from our July 2000 edition, comments on the looming indictment of the late U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant. By this time, it was clear the congressman was a primary target of federal investigators as they built their case layer-by-layer. It was so obvious that the congressman boasted in public that charges were imminent, […]

This cartoon, from our July 2000 edition, comments on the looming indictment of the late U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant. By this time, it was clear the congressman was a primary target of federal investigators as they built their case layer-by-layer. It was so obvious that the congressman boasted in...

Mahoning County Politics

“Welcome to Mahoning County Politics” reads a road sign as you cross the border into Mahoning County nearly 20 years ago. In 1998, the corruption probe involving officials in the Mahoning Valley hit its high mark when indictments were handed up charging dozens of attorneys, public officials, and organized crime figures with multiple counts of […]

“Welcome to Mahoning County Politics” reads a road sign as you cross the border into Mahoning County nearly 20 years ago. In 1998, the corruption probe involving officials in the Mahoning Valley hit its high mark when indictments were handed up charging dozens of attorneys, public officials, and organized crime...

Aug. 1998

In late July 1998, six inmates cut through the wire and escaped from the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on the city’s East Side. At the time, the prison was the state’s sole privately operated lockup, owned by Corrections Corporation of America. All of the inmates — including three convicted for murder – were apprehended, but the […]

In late July 1998, six inmates cut through the wire and escaped from the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center on the city’s East Side. At the time, the prison was the state’s sole privately operated lockup, owned by Corrections Corporation of America. All of the inmates — including three convicted for...