Chicago State Sen. Indicted for Federal Bribery Resigns From Leadership Positions

Chicago State Sen. Indicted for Federal Bribery Resigns From Leadership Positions

(WRXX) – A Chicago state senator who was indicted Tuesday on federal bribery charges and for allegedly lying to the FBI has resigned from committee chair and leadership positions within the General Assembly.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Sen. Emil Jones III, told an individual with an interest in the red light camera system operator SafeSpeed that he would protect it from legislation in the General Assembly in exchange for $5,000 and a job for an unnamed associate.

Prosecutors haven’t named the red-light camera company, but SafeSpeed issued a statement Tuesday indicating that a former associate was involved.

Then on Wednesday, Senate President Don Harmon filed a notice saying he requested and received Jones’ resignation from his positions of Chair of the Senate Licensed Activities Committee and Vice Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Both removals are effective immediately. Jones remains an elected member of the State Senate and is up for reelection in November. He was first elected to the office in 2009.

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