CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago state senator was indicted Tuesday on federal charges that he sought bribes to oppose legislation that would have required a statewide evaluation of red-light camera systems.
Prosecutors allege Jones, a South Side Democrat, told a stakeholder in the operator of the SafeSpeed camera system that he would defend her against legislation in the General Assembly in exchange for $5,000 and work for an unnamed employee.
Prosecutors did not name the company behind the red-light camera, but SafeSpeed released a statement Tuesday that indicated a former employee was involved.
“As new developments in federal investigations come to light, SafeSpeed remains both shocked and saddened that one of its former colleagues has been implicated in criminal conduct,” the company said.
Neither SafeSpeed nor its current owners have been charged with wrongdoing.
Jones, the deputy majority leader of the Illinois Senate, did not respond to a request for comment left at his office in Chicago. His father, former state Senate President Emil Jones Jr., issued a statement saying “the allegations leveled against my son, Emil Jones III, do not reflect the person he is. Everyone knows that he is an honest, hard-working legislator.”