Severin: Mapes Conviction Underscores Need for Ethics and Corruption Reforms

BENTON – Former Mike Madigan Chief of Staff Tim Mapes was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice on Thursday afternoon. The latest in a series of high profile convictions in the sweeping probe into the corruption of Mike Madigan prompted the following statement from State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton).

“Tim Mapes was Madigan’s gatekeeper and longest and closest confidant. Now he’s been found guilty of lying to Federal investigators about Madigan’s corruption. Mr. Mapes had his day in court, and a jury of his peers said he was guilty of lying and obstructing justice. This is a good day for the rule of law, but indeed another stain on the reputation of the State of Illinois as a place where corruption in government remains a serious problem.

“How many guilty verdicts will it take for House and Senate Democrats to get serious about passing meaningful ethics reforms and enacting laws that would discourage self-service over public service? We must get to work right away to address shortcomings in our ethics laws to clean up government and stamp out corruption for good.”