Yet another Democrat senator charged for corruption https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/capitol-recap-another-democratic-senator-charged-in-bribery-scheme/article_bf7d540d-b799-5a6a-a0db-33c9fd90d504.html
Capitol Recap: Another Democratic senator charged in bribery scheme
SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Emil Jones III has been charged in federal court with three criminal counts tied to his dealings with a red light camera company.
On Friday, he pleaded not guilty to the charge in an arraignment, and he waived his right to be indicted by a grand jury.
Jones, a Chicago Democrat, is the son of former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. The younger Jones has served in the Senate since 2009 following his father’s retirement. He is deputy majority leader and chairs the Committee on Licensed Activities.
He also is on the ballot for reelection in November and does not have an opponent.
The charges relate to legislation Jones introduced in 2019 calling for a statewide study to evaluate red light cameras, formally known as “automated traffic law enforcement systems.”
According to the charging document, Jones later agreed to limit the scope of any such study to cameras operated only inside the city in exchange for payments to himself and an unnamed associate from someone identified only as “Individual A,” who had an ownership interest in a red light camera company that did business with municipalities outside Chicago.
Prosecutors allege that from April through September 2019, Jones solicited and agreed to accept a $5,000 payment from Individual A, as well as an unspecified payment and a job to the associate identified as “Individual B.”
Senate records indicate the bill passed out of the Transportation Committee on Nov. 12, 2019, but was never voted on by the full Senate.
Jones is also charged with arranging the deal through interstate commerce by using a Google email account. And he is charged with lying to federal agents during their investigation