Former state Rep. Luis Arroyo is asking for probation in his federal corruption case, arguing that imprisoning him can be “no more practical than draining Lake Michigan with a spoon” in curbing corruption.
“Mr. Arroyo is completed with politics, and is main a life away from the highlight. He spends his days along with his household and has discovered his lesson,” his attorneys argued in a sentencing memo filed Saturday.
Sending Arroyo to jail wouldn’t have any impact on different politicians’ conduct, his attorneys argued.
Arroyo pleaded responsible final fall to bribery prices that stemmed from a wide-ranging federal public corruption probe in Illinois.
Former state Sen. Terry Hyperlink recorded Arroyo saying, “inform me what you want” throughout a 2019 assembly at a Highland Park restaurant and testified that Arroyo later gave him a verify for $2,500 to help sweepstakes laws, the Solar-Occasions beforehand revealed.
Hyperlink, who was sporting a wire for the FBI, denied being a cooperator within the case when requested by a reporter, however the newest court docket paperwork title him.
“Sen. Hyperlink testified that Mr. Arroyo spoke to him in Could and July 2018 about sweepstakes, asking ‘are you okay with it,’” the submitting states.
The memo goes on to say the 2 didn’t converse once more till “Sen. Hyperlink was a cooperating witness who organized conferences to debate the difficulty and demand funds for his efforts, which occurred in a quick interval starting in August 2019.”
Hyperlink was charged with submitting a false earnings tax return, pleaded responsible the next yr and formally agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
A 15-page indictment in opposition to Arroyo in October 2020 alleged he spent roughly a yr as a bought-and-paid-for member of the Illinois Home of Representatives for James Weiss — a son-in-law of former Prepare dinner County assessor and Democratic chairman Joe Berrios and an owner-operator of sweepstakes playing machines.
Weiss is alleged to have paid Arroyo not less than $10,000 to push and vote for key payments, together with ones having to do with unlicensed playing or “sweepstakes” machines Weiss operated.
The newest court docket submitting additionally consists of components of grand jury testimony from different officers who had been requested about Arroyo’s makes an attempt to push lawmakers to vote in favor of sweepstakes laws.
Nicole Budzinski, who served on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s employees in spring 2019 and is operating to signify Illinois’ thirteenth District in Congress, testified to a grand jury that Arroyo was a sweepstakes advocate and had sought a gathering with the governor — however by no means received one.
Budzinski mentioned Arroyo may’ve been looking for a gathering about “quite a lot of various things.”
State Sen. Tony Muñoz testified Arroyo approached him in 2019 to “prepare a gathering,” in response to the paperwork.
State Rep. Bob Rita testified that he and Arroyo mentioned laws about sweepstakes and that Arroyo advocated for the laws at a gathering with home members. State Rep. Michael J. Zalewski testified Arroyo was “wishy washy” about sweepstakes in a dialog they’d. Neither of the representatives mentioned they knew Arroyo had a lobbying settlement.
Budzinski, Muñoz, Rita and Zalewski didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark Saturday.
Arroyo’s sentencing listening to is scheduled for Feb. 18.