Illinois state Senator Terry Link resigned on September 11 after 24 years in office, following charges that he filed a false income tax return.
According to the Associated Press, the Democrat, whose district covers suburbs north of Chicago, first took office in 1997, eventually became assistant majority leader, and has often led the charge for gambling legislation.
In 2016, Link reported an income of just under $265,000 when he “knew that the total income substantially exceeded that amount,” according to the federal charge.
Several other state lawmakers have been charged as a result of a federal government crackdown on corruption, the AP reported. Among them was state Rep. Luis Arroyo, a Chicago Democrat, who is accused of paying a bribe to an unnamed state senator in exchange for support of a gambling bill that would have benefited a lobbying client.