CHICAGO (AP/CBS) — An Illinois state senator has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little or no work.
Democrat Thomas Cullerton of Villa Park was due to be released on his own recognizance following his arraignment Friday.READ MORE: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Nominates Annette Nance-Holt As First Black Woman To Serve As City's Fire Commissioner
A federal grand jury indicted Cullerton on 39 counts of embezzlement from a labor union, one count of conspiracy to embezzle from a labor union and employee benefit plans and one count of making false statements in a health care matter.
A status hearing is set for August 29.READ MORE: City Begins Testing Buckingham Fountain Ahead Of Official 'Switch On Summer' On May 22
Cullerton spokeswoman Lissa Druss issued a statement saying, “He will continue to fight these untrue allegations in court until his name is cleared.”
The 49-year-old Cullerton is a cousin of state Senate President John Cullerton.MORE NEWS: Illinois Moves Into 'Bridge Phase' Of Reopening Friday
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