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Timothy Mapes, former chief of staff to former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, was indicted Wednesday on charges of making false statements to a grand jury investigating public corruption allegations. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reports.
- But first, we want to get right to some breaking news on this "Hour 18." Ex-House Speaker Mike Madigan's former top aide, Tim Mapes, has been indicted, accused of lying to a federal grand jury and obstructing an investigation. Mapes had been called to testify to that grand jury on March 31. The grand jury was investigating efforts by Madigan and someone working on his behalf to obtain private jobs, contracts, and payments in order to influence and reward Madigan.
Mapes had been granted immunity for his testimony, meaning nothing he said could be used in a criminal case against him unless he made a false statement or committed perjury. In response to the indictment, he says he testified truthfully. Let's bring in CBS 2 political reporter Dana Kozlov now. And Dana, how significant is this indictment?
DANA KOZLOV: Well, Irika, it's significant for several reasons. One, Tim Mapes was Mike Madigan's former chief of staff, his right-hand man, a definite close confidant. Number two, he is one of several people with close ties to the former speaker who are now indicted, facing charges in connection with this ComEd bribery scheme-- most notably Mike McClain, a former state rep and ComEd lobbyist, who's known to be a very close and longtime friend of the former Speaker.
Those indictments in particular show the feds are inching slowly towards their main target, Mike Madigan. And that's really not a secret considering prosecutors all but named Madigan outright in ComEd's deferred prosecution agreement last summer, in which the utility admitted to a bribery scheme that gave jobs, money, and contracts to Madigan associates.
Now, most of those indicted in connection with this ComEd scheme have pled not guilty. But a former ComEd executive pled guilty and has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. That's something to keep in mind.
Now, it's not clear when Tim Mapes will be arraigned. But based on his statement today, it's pretty clear that you can expect him to also plead not guilty. Irika?
- All right. Dana Kozlov, thank you.