Several East St. Louis officials face federal corruption charges

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Two East St. Louis Township trustees and an East St. Louis city councilwoman are among those arrested Monday in a state and federal corruption investigation in the troubled southwestern Illinois community.

The arrests come just days after the East St. Louis Township supervisor pleaded guilty to spending public money on personal trips and gifts.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that East St. Louis Councilwoman June Hamilton Dean, Township Trustee Edith R. Moore and Township Trustee Michael ``Rump'' Roberts are among those arrested on various misconduct charges.

It was not immediately clear if they are represented by attorneys who could speak on their behalf about the allegations.

Last week, East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges. His arrest followed an investigation by the News-Democrat into his spending practices.