Bill proposes additional prison time for Illinois lawmakers convicted of corruption

Published: Nov. 5, 2019 at 12:46 PM CST
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Illinois lawmakers convicted of corruption could get an additional sentence of five years in prison under a new proposal.

State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) filed

last week.

According to the bill's language, it would "add 5 years of imprisonment to the sentence imposed upon a defendant who, at the time of the commission of the offense, was a member of the General Assembly and who is convicted of a felony relating to or arising out of or in connection with his or her service as a member of the General Assembly."

The bill would only apply to state lawmakers, not constitutional officers such as governors or attorneys general. It comes after Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo was recently arrested on a federal bribery charge

The bill has bi-partisan support and three co-sponsors, including Rep. Ander Chesney (R-Freeport). It awaits assignment to a legislative committee.

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