CHICAGO (CBS) — Former Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo entered a not guilty plea in court on Tuesday to federal corruption charges.
He wanted to waive right of indictment by a grand jury and the judge accepted it.
The bill would have benefited one of Arroyo’s lobbying clients.
Arroyo is charged with one count of federal program bribery, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Arroyo resigned from the Illinois House.
“It has been a sincere honor and a true privilege to serve the people of the state of Illinois as its State Representative from the Third District. In doing so I took great pride in being a strong independent voice from my constituents,” Arroyo wrote in his letter to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.
He’s set for a status hearing in March.