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Ban proposed on red-light cameras, heart of bribery scheme

 In this March 7, 2018, file photo, Rep. David McSweeney R-Barrington Hills, speaks to reporters at the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. McSweeney's plan to restrict the use of red-light enforcement cameras, at the center of a former state senator's guilty plea to bribery charges last week in federal court, won House committee approval Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.

Associated Press

February 6, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Red-light enforcement cameras, at the center of an ex-state senator's guilty plea last week on federal bribery charges, would be banned in some suburban Chicago communities under legislation a House committee approved Wednesday. Rep. David McSweeney's plan is identical to...

Former Illinois legislator pleads innocent in bribery case

Former state Rep. Luis Arroyo walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse for arraignment, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

Associated Press

February 5, 2020

Former Illinois state Rep. Luis Arroyo on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to bribery charges in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Arroyo, 65, a Chicago Democrat, resigned his seat Nov. 1, one week after he was accused of paying a bribe to a state senator in exchange for support of a gambling bill that w...

Martin Sandoval charged with red-light camera bribery

In this June 2, 2019 file photo Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. Sandoval was charged in federal court Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, with bribery and filing a false tax return stemming from his support of the red-light camera industry when he was head of the state's powerful Transportation Committee.

Associated Press

January 27, 2020

Federal prosecutors filed bribery and tax charges on Monday against a former Illinois state senator who led the powerful transportation committee, alleging he accepted payments in exchange for supporting the state's costly red-light camera program. The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago listed the...

Senator under investigation for possible bribery resigns

Senator under investigation for possible bribery resigns

Associated Press

November 27, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois state senator under federal investigation for fraud has resigned his office. In a letter sent Wednesday to the secretary of the senate, Chicago Democrat Martin A. Sandoval said his resignation is effective Jan. 1. FBI agents raided Sandoval’s Springfield...

Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

In this Nov. 25, 2018 file photo, State Rep. Jaime Andrade holds a flag outside the visitation for Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez at a funeral home in Des Plaines, Ill.A federal bribery charge against an Illinois legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers be allowed to lobby other units of government. Illinois like most states allows legislators to lobby outside state government. Andrade said he registered as a Chicago lobbyist and started charging for his services when the state budget crisis from 2015 to 2017 forced lawmakers to go without paychecks.

John O'Connor, Associated Press

November 11, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Mo...

DePaul alum Ed Burke pleads not guilty to federal corruption charges

Ald. Edward M. Burke entering the Dirksen federal courthouse to plead not guilty to federal corruption charges stemming from FBI recordings.

Doug Klain, Opinions Editor

June 4, 2019

DePaul University alumnus Alderman Edward M. Burke pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to federal charges alleging he abused his longtime role as Chicago alderman to extort businesses and individuals for personal gain. “In the lexicon of Chicago politics, it’s a momentous day,” said NBC 5 political...

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