CHICAGO (AP) — Three days after being re-elected, Illinois state Rep. La Shawn Ford will learn if he’ll have to spend time behind bars for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782.

Friday’s sentencing in federal court in Chicago comes after prosecutors agreed to let Ford plead guilty to a lone misdemeanor tax charge. In return, they’re dropping nearly 20 felony bank-fraud charges that could have landed Ford in prison for decades.

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Prosecutors never explained publicly why they chose not to pursue the more serious charges against the 42-year-old Chicago Democrat. But that issue could come up at Friday’s hearing.

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Presiding over Ford’s case is Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, who oversaw the 2006 corruption trial of former Republican Gov. George Ryan. A jury in the same courthouse convicted Democrat Rod Blagojevich of corruption in 2011.

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