Rep. Luis Arroyo’s arrest, charges
Luis Arroyo has been in hot water since October, when he was arrested by federal authorities for allegedly passing a $2,500 bribe to a state senator.
In October, former Rep. Luis Arroyo was arrested by federal authorities for allegedly passing a $2,500 bribe to a state senator to advance sweepstakes gaming legislation in Springfield.
Following four full days of public pressure and negative headlines, Arroyo resigned from the Illinois House of Representatives.
The arrest added Arroyo to the list of Illinois politicians caught up in multiple, widening federal campaigns against public corruption — which seem to be targeting veteran, old-school Chicago politicians.
Friday, a federal prosecutor filed a new charging document against Arroyo that repeated allegations first made against him in October. The filing of an information typically indicates a defendant plans to plead guilty.
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Federal prosecutors first charged Arroyo with bribery in a criminal complaint back in October. In that court filing, they revealed a state senator had been cooperating with them off and on since 2016.
State Rep. Luis Arroyo planned a meeting to help pick his own successor. But Speaker Mike Madigan has warned the other precinct committeemen that Arroyo should stay out of the process.
Pritzker would consider ban on lawmaker-lobbyists, calling Arroyo’s roles ‘challenging and problematic’As Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined Google to announce a second Chicago office, Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin held a press conference to announce an ethics reform package, with one measure outright banning all lawmakers from lobbying for any city or county.
The Cook County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee voted to formally request the resignations of Burke and Arroyo. Burke was first elected 14th Ward committeeman in 1968.
Much like state Sen. Martin Sandoval, another Chicago legislator facing intense federal scrutiny though not yet charged, a common reaction to state Rep. Luis Arroyo’s arrest in political circles was: ‘What took them so long?’