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Arraignment Friday in state senator’s red-light bribery case


CHICAGO — State Sen. Emil Jones III is expected to be indicted Friday on federal bribery charges.

The federal charges allege that Jones lied to the FBI about taking money from SafeSpeed, which is a red light camera company. The money is supposedly to eliminate legislation that would require traffic surveys for automated camera systems.

The SafeSpeed ​​company has not been charged. Omar Maani, a former partner in the company, is charged separately as part of a plea deal in exchange for helping the federal investigation in 2020.

The federal investigation has led to two Chicagoland mayors being found guilty on charges, including Tony Ragucci of Oakbrook Terrace and Louis Presta of Crestwood.

Earlier this week, Jones resigned from his leadership positions in the state Senate and the Democratic Party after charges were announced, but he will not relinquish his Senate seat.

Governor JB Pritzker has asked him to resign.

Jones is due in court on Friday afternoon.

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