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Madigan’s Former Chief of Staff Pleads Not Guilty To Perjury

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In this May 10, 2011, file photo, Timothy Mapes, chief of staff for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, listens to lawmakers debate at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Mapes, the longtime chief of staff to former Illinois House Speaker Madigan, was indicted Wednesday, May 26, 2021, for lying under oath to a federal grand jury investigating a bribery scheme involving Madigan and the state's largest electric utility, ComEd. Mapes, of Springfield is charged with making false declarations before a grand jury and attempted obstruction of justice. Mapes has been one of the closest allies of Madigan.

CHICAGO — The longtime chief of staff to former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has pleaded not guilty to accusations he lied under oath to a federal grand jury investigating a bribery scheme involving electric utility Commonwealth Edison.

Timothy Mapes entered the plea Friday during a hearing conducted remotely. U.S. District Judge John Lee says the 66-year-old Mapes will remain free pending trial.

Wednesday’s indictment states Mapes was granted immunity to testify and that his words or evidence can’t be used against him in a criminal case unless he committed perjury.

Mapes’ attorneys have rejected the perjury allegation, contending the government’s case is about Madigan.

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