Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Sandoval charged with bribery
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Sandoval charged with bribery

Monday, Jan 27, 2020

UPDATE: Click here to read the indictment.

* Hooboy…



* More…


…Adding… Sun-Times

The feds filed the charges against Sandoval on Monday in a two-page, lightly detailed information, a document that typically signals a defendant’s intention to plead guilty. His attorney, Dylan Smith, declined to comment.

No court hearings have been scheduled in Sandoval’s case.

The bribery count against Sandoval alleges that, between 2016 and September 2019, he “corruptly solicited, demanded, agreed to accept and accepted” money for “continued support for the operation of red-light cameras in the State of Illinois, including opposing legislation adverse to the interests of the red-light camera industry.”

Sandoval is also accused of filing a 2017 income tax return that said his total income was $125,905, when he “knew that the total income substantially exceeded that amount.”

…Adding… Arraignment tomorrow…



- Posted by Rich Miller        

37 Comments
  1. - Fav human - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 11:50 am:

    Just in time to ruin someone’s lunch, or maybe several someone’s.

    Looks like the onion will be peeled back some more.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 11:53 am:

    Things I know;

    === A brief, two-count indictment against Sandoval just hit. The charges revolve around Sandoval’s alleged “continued support for the operation of red-light cameras in the State of Illinois, including opposing legislation adverse to the interests of the red-light-camera industry.”===

    and…

    === Though the charging document is labeled “indictment” on the docket, Sandoval has actually been charged by way of an information — which means he’s likely planning to plead guilty. His attorney has declined to comment.===

    It’s the red light camera for Sandoval. It’s bribery with Sandoval, it also appears Sandoval is pleading.

    Is is an offshoot of other things?

    That I don’t know, but this will begin some sunshine.


  3. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 11:59 am:

    The most obvious question is who did he accept the money from? Safespeed? A lobbyist? Someone else? Probably Safespeed or Omar Maani, but who knows.


  4. - Donnie Elgin - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:00 pm:

    penalties for 18 U.S. Code § 666. Theft or bribery concerning programs receiving Federal funds

    “shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both”


  5. - Kauaijim - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:02 pm:

    We seem to have an effective US attorney of late . Our state Attorney General s always seem to be MIA on corruption


  6. - NoGifts - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:10 pm:

    Did everyone miss that John Bills (Chicago DOT) got 10 years for similar activities with the red light camera company? Isn’t the news provided so we can all learn from it? https://abc7chicago.com/news/ex-cdot-official-gets-10-years-in-chicago-red-light-camera-scandal/1489610/


  7. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:12 pm:

    - Kauaijim -

    Do yourself a solid. Read the constitution. Report back the job of the Illinois Attorney General.

    My next question is who will Sandoval roll on, was that “other” Senator who was wearing a wire involved in a bigger net here too?


  8. - Yours Truly - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:13 pm:

    The CEO of Safespeed is married to a top Exelon executive. Just saying


  9. - Andy's Shadow - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:19 pm:

    “The CEO of Safespeed is married to a top Exelon executive. Just saying”

    I was literally just typing the same thing. And there are many more connections and commonalities than that. Tip of the iceberg.


  10. - Anyone Remember - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:19 pm:

    Kauaijim -
    “Do yourself a solid. Read the constitution. Report back the job of the Illinois Attorney General.”

    The consult the history books. Then AG Madigan’s people were investigating Blago’s “interesting” hiring, and stepped down at the request of US Attorney for Northeastern Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald. In case you don’t remember him, check out the link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Fitzgerald#Illinois


  11. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:21 pm:

    A week of grounded, reality-based Kass columns and Tribbie editorials ahead, I’m sure.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:24 pm:

    - Anyone Remember -

    You’re on it. Was goons follow up on the whole “federal” indictment thingy but you handled that business perfectly.


  13. - Pundent - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:28 pm:

    =stepped down at the request of US Attorney for Northeastern Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald=

    And frankly that’s how you want this handled. The U.S. Attorney is appointed and not elected. It minimizes the likelihood of partisanship. They also have the resources including career investigators and prosecutors to take on these types of matters.


  14. - Anon y mouse - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:31 pm:

    For many Illinois Democrats, this causes more palpitations. And there’s much more bad news likely to come. #DripDripDrip


  15. - A Guy - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:39 pm:

    Of course Sandoval is cooperating and singing. His question for the Feds is likely the same as for everyone else, “What’s in it for me?”


  16. - Been There - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:41 pm:

    And he thought he had problems because someone pretended to shoot the Trump impersonator at his golf outing.


  17. - A Jack - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:53 pm:

    Red light camera fines should be refunded and the camera use suspended until a corruption free framework is implemented for the camera use.


  18. - Capitol Text - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 12:58 pm:

    So the tweedledee and tweedledum of the capital bills are cooperating. This is bigger than red light cameras


  19. - Rasselas - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 1:01 pm:

    Sandoval always had two squares on my corruption bingo card - Senator most likely to be indicted and Senator most likely to flip when indicted.


  20. - Merica - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 1:02 pm:

    Without the feds where would we be?

    you can create an ethics law, an ethics commission, various inspector generals, an attorney general, separate procurement review through a CPO, a procurement policy board, political donation restrictions, registration requirements, disclosure requirements, and as we see, with each new scandal, they’re all a charade. These ethics bodies go after the little things to provide the appearance of efficacy, but they stay far away from anything risky or substantive.

    you want truth and justice in Illinois, you gotta call the feds.


  21. - Maryjane - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 1:09 pm:

    As a newcomer to the state, I’m really surprised in my naivete how ever present blatant corruption here appears to be. As it seems so pervasive, I guess there’s no reason for over-concern or panic.

    That said, I’m taken aback that the red light cameras (red light cash machines) are not considered to be a financial/legal liability at this point and are still deployed at all.


  22. - City Zen - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 1:10 pm:

    ==The CEO of Safespeed is married to a top Exelon executive==

    Will Kwame, Mendoza, et al be refunding their contributions from said CEO?


  23. - Just a guy... - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 1:24 pm:

    Sandoval was an obvious quid pro quo fan. Even in the public hearings about the capital bill he stated his opinion that local communities whose reps and senators don’t vote for the capital bill should not get any projects funded. That statement was just a peek into his soul and real life.


  24. - Amalia - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 1:37 pm:

    whether the onion gets peeled lots or people flip, this much I know…a greedy and deeply not nice person was charged today. and I feel not one bit sorry for his mean…..


  25. - walker - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 1:59 pm:

    Is income tax always the first go-to for leverage? Asking for a friend.


  26. - Chambanalyst - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 2:08 pm:

    Curious to know by just how much his 2017 income exceeded $125k. He should certainly have to pay back the taxes on that. Maybe a few extra charitable contributions to our pension debt for good measure! Say at least the extra time he was compensated for after announcing his resignation. Let’s hear how you sing Marty!


  27. - Ok - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 2:16 pm:

    Check the safe


  28. - Skeptic - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 2:31 pm:

    Oh come now, this is just political log-rolling. /s


  29. - RNUG - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:02 pm:

    == As a newcomer to the state, I’m really surprised … ==

    -Maryjane- , it may be cynical but people pretty much used to figure on a 10% “overhead” (read corruption surcharge) in at least Chicago / Cook County. And it was just accepted as business as usual as long as things got done and services were delivered.

    The Chicago mayors who lost elections were usually voted out for failing to deliver services; a certain garbage pickup problem and a plow problem during a major snow are two instances that come to mind as costing reflections.


  30. - RNUG - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:10 pm:

    == Is income tax always the first go-to for leverage? ==

    That’s how the Feds got Capone … and a bunch of others ever since. Plus it is often easier to prove than a RICO case.


  31. - RNUG - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:11 pm:

    darn autocorrect … re-elections not reflections


  32. - jim - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:35 pm:

    hard to believe such an honest man and selfless public servant would run afoul of the law. there must be some mistake here.


  33. - Maryjane - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 4:50 pm:

    - RNUG

    Thanks for your response. I comment nearly every week in praise of the garbage collectors. My better half who lived here for years before, has shared the same sentiments that you shared. :-)


  34. - otherwise - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 5:42 pm:

    I did not like working with Marty. But due to professional requirements, I learned to tolerate him.

    I am now recalibrating what I can and cannot tolerate going forward. Never ignore that voice in my head again.


  35. - Anon - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 7:08 pm:

    Remember people its the FBI the B team of the justice system and indictments are only charges
    No I don’t support Sandoval but the Facebook hair on fire posters are out in force


  36. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 7:29 pm:

    Two thoughts:

    Will the arraignment take longer than one of Sandoval’s Transportation Committee hearings?

    The lesson, if you’re paying attention, is never ever point the tequila gun at someone pretending to be the President.


  37. - Billy Sunday - Monday, Jan 27, 20 @ 11:16 pm:

    @ Michelle Flaherty: ditto…I feel that triggered it…a nationwide news story.

    Again, don’t do this behavior (or have individuals do these stupid things at your event) especially when you’re acting unethically…


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* It's just a bill
* Coronavirus roundup
* A Fatal Error
* Gaming roundup: No betting on Illini/DePaul tournament games; Indiana's troubles; Harmon's video gaming gusher; Sweepstakes issues
* Pritzker won't have to sit for deposition
* Rep. Delgado qualifications hearing won't happen until after the primary
* Rate Darren Duncan's new TV ad
* Now, here's something you don't see every day
* The Illinois Credit Union League: Helping Credit Unions Succeed By Working Together!
* Underwood is basically on her own
* Open thread
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller