CHICAGO (AP) – State Senator Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday afternoon.
Jones said Thursday he isn’t leaving office despite facing federal bribery charges and despite Gov. JB Pritzker asking for him to resign.
The Chicago Democrat did resign from his committee and party leadership positions Wednesday, a day after federal prosecutors accused him of taking money from a red-light camera company executive to kill legislation requiring traffic studies for automated camera systems.
He was charged in a criminal information — indicating he intends to plead guilty to charges in the three-count federal indictment filed Tuesday charging him with two counts of accepting a bribe and lying about it to federal officials in relation to the red light camera industry.
He’s next due to appear in court November 4 for a status hearing on the case.
Jones has been in the Senate since 2009, when he took the seat previously held by his father, Emil Jones Junior. Jones is up for reelection without an opponent in the Nov. 8 election.