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After returning to private life, former Cincinnati Council Member Kevin Flynn will run again for City Council in 2021.

At the Cincinnati Firefighters Union Hall on Tuesday, Flynn said that restoring trust in City Hall is what inspired him to seek reelection, on top of recent events, most notably the indictment of three city council members.

Three Cincinnati City Council members have been accused of taking bribes from developers this year. City Council Member David Mann says an independent commission could help put a stopper in local corruption when it comes to development.

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Attorney Steve Goodin will serve in place of suspended Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor. Pastor was suspended last week, after being indicted on federal bribery charges. Hamilton County Probate Judge Ralph Winkler named Goodin to the position Monday morning.

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I can't presume to say that Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld's political ambitions, which burned hotter than a match until his recent indictment on felony charges of bribery and extortion, are snuffed out for good.


Tamaya Dennard and her attorney stood before Federal Judge Susan Dlott Tuesday asking for home incarceration, not the two to three years prosecutors wanted for the former Cincinnati City Council member accused of corruption. In the end, Dlott sentenced Dennard to 18 months in prison with three years probation.

Pastor Suspended From Cincinnati City Council

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Jeff Pastor has been suspended from Cincinnati City Council. Pastor was arrested earlier this month on corruption charges. 


Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld says he is not guilty of federal bribery charges. Sittenfeld is the third council member to be arrested by federal agents this year.

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Cincinnati City Council Member and 2021 mayoral candidate P.G. Sittenfeld is saying he's not guilty of federal charges he accepted $40,000 in bribes from developers in exchange for council votes during 2018 and 2019. 

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On the steps of City Hall on Thursday, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says it's not hard to argue that there's a "culture of corruption" following the arrest of a third City Council member.

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A third Cincinnati City Council member this year has been arrested and accused of taking bribes in exchange for favorable votes on development projects. The FBI says Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld was arrested at his home Thursday morning after accepting $40,000 in bribes.

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A Cincinnati resident is suing to remove Jeff Pastor from office. The city councilman was indicted earlier this month on 10 counts of extortion, wire fraud, money laundering and accepting bribes.

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Murray Seasongood. Ted Berry. Charlie Taft. Bobbie Sterne. And all the others from generations of leaders at Cincinnati City Hall who have upheld the standards of honesty and integrity in the city's council-manager form of government for generations now.

What would they be thinking if they could see the mess that Cincinnati City Council has become?

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Two Cincinnati council members are proposing legislation aimed at addressing corruption at City Hall. Council members Betsy Sundermann and Greg Landsman introduced their proposals just an hour apart Monday morning.

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The Arts Apartments at Music Hall in Cincinnati's gentrifying West End is in for renovations and changes that will result in nearly 250 affordable and low-income housing for the next 20 years.

City Council unanimously approved a tax exemption last week to help finance the project.


Council members Betsy Sundermann and Greg Landsman held separate press conferences Monday morning to announce reforms at City Hall. This comes after Cincinnati City Council Member Jeff Pastor was arrested last week, and former Council Member Tamaya Dennard was arrested earlier this year. Both are accused by federal authorities on bribery charges.

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Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor didn't show up to Thursday's City Council meeting where his alleged criminal actions were called "totally unacceptable, totally outrageous" by Mayor John Cranley.

Pastor, 36, was arrested at his home Tuesday morning and charged with honest services wire fraud, bribery, attempted extortion by a government official and money laundering. Officials said he took $55,000 in bribes over the course of year.

Cincinnati City Council Member Jeff Pastor is facing federal charges including attempted bribery, extortion and money laundering. FBI agents arrested him Tuesday morning.

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Cincinnati City Council Member Jeff Pastor took $55,000 in bribes over the course of about a year in exchange for "official action" related to projects in the city, according to federal officials.

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Some are calling for Councilman Jeff Pastor to resign after it was revealed he was arrested Tuesday on a federal bribery charge. Here's what would happen if Pastor, a Republican, does in fact choose to step down. 


Cincinnati City Council has authorized spending $275,000 for three programs focused on reducing violence in the city.