La Shawn Ford

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La Shawn Ford

Illinois, State Representative (2007-)

A successful Realtor on the West Side, La Shawn Ford rode into office before the 2008 real estate crash, projecting an image of inevitability and youth, bringing down the last vestige of the once vaunted Giles Family political operation. While he lacks a political mentor, Ford makes up for it with energy and an ability to attract media attention, rarely missing an opportunity to make a statement on hot issues of the day.

Ford, who has not been shy about his greater political ambitions, was tripped up in 2012 on a series of federal bank fraud charges related to his real estate practice. Federal prosecutors ultimately withdrew federal charges, and Ford pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of income tax fraud in 2014, allowing him to stay in office.

Important Political Events

  • 2006, Elected State Representative, defeating Calvin Giles
  • 2014, Pled guilty to federal misdemeanor income tax fraud