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CHICAGO (CBS) — State Sen. Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty to all charges for his alleged role in a corruption scandal when he appeared in court on Friday.
The state senator was indicted earlier this week on federal charges.
He is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for his promise to oppose legislation requiring a review of red light cameras outside the Chicago city limits.
Prosecutors said Jones himself introduced a bill in February 2019 requiring IDOT to conduct a statewide study of red-light cameras. Then, just five months later, prosecutors said Jones called for the protection of a specific red-light camera.
According to prosecutors, someone involved with the camera salesman offered Jones $5,000 and a job for one of his associates.
On Thursday, Governor JB Pritzkerof his duties calling his actions “unacceptable”. Jones’ virtual hearing is at noon.
Jones has served in the state legislature since 2009.
Jones’ next status hearing is scheduled for Nov. 4.
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