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State Sen. Tom Cullerton has been removed as armchair of the Illinois Senate’s Activity Committee, aloof canicule afterwards actuality answerable in a federal allegation for allegedly actuality a apparition payroller for the Teamsters — to the tune of $188,000 in bacon allowances and $64,000 in bloom and alimony contributions.
Cullerton will instead armchair the Senate’s Veterans Affairs Board — a accommodation fabricated by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, who is a accessory of the Villa Park Democrat. Tom Cullerton will still serve as a affiliate the Activity Committee, however.
The about-face in administration posts ensures Tom Cullerton won’t lose any aldermanic compensation.
“After a discussion, it was a alternate accommodation that this was for the best,” John Patterson, agent for Senate President John Cullerton said in a statement.
A backer for Tom Cullerton on Tuesday said he is “honored to serve the Illinois Senate in any accommodation requested of him.”
“As an advantageously absolved adept of the United States Army, he is abundantly appreciative to assignment carefully with our acclaimed veterans,” backer Lissa Druss said in a statement. “Sen. [Tom] Cullerton additionally vows to not let up on his assignment in the assembly with commendations to the baleful beginning of Legionnaires’ ache in our state.”
It’s cryptic if and how the accuse will added affect Tom Cullerton’s role as an adopted official. His commune covers allotment of DuPage County. His aldermanic abject bacon is aloof over $69,000.
But he additionally receives an added allowance for chairing a board — acceptation he won’t lose any money by switching committees. Accompaniment Sen. Omar Aquino, D-Chicago, will instead armchair the Activity Committee, while accompaniment Sen. Cristina Castro, D-Elgin, the above arch of the Adept Affairs Board has been bumped to Vice-Chair.
The Senate Activity Board dealt with activity issues of accent to the Teamsters. And accepting a affable administrator “helps with cycle calls and votes,” a antecedent told the Sun-Times.
According to the indictment, ashamed Teamsters bang-up John Coli Sr., articular as Individual A in the cloister record, assassin Tom Cullerton “in or about March 2013” as an organizer. Tom Cullerton appeared to charge the work, with the allegation acquainted that anon afterwards he was adopted to the Illinois Senate he was an agent of Teamsters Local Union 734 but was accursed from his job.
The new job accustomed him to accumulate abacus alimony credits, and get a bacon and benefits.
The admiral adduce Coli knew that Tom Cullerton ”was accomplishing little or no work” for the Teamsters.
Tom Cullerton was paid alike back he “attended sessions of the Illinois Accompaniment Senate” and “was contrarily assuming his duties as a Senator in Springfield, Illinois,” according to the indictment.
The “conspiracy” went on with the ability and accord of Coli, again arch of Joint Council 25, according to Tom Cullerton’s indictment, which was fabricated accessible the aforementioned anniversary Coli pleaded accusable to a arrangement in which he was afraid bottomward Cinespace Chicago Film Studios in barter for activity peace.
Federal prosecutors said in added cloister affidavit that Coli has agreed to abet with them — which could beggarly beneath bastille time for him. And that “cooperation played a allotment in the Tom Cullerton indictment,” according to a antecedent with ability of the investigation.
Neither the U.S. attorney’s appointment nor the FBI accept commented on the case.
Tom Cullerton is a begat of the absolutism that gave Chicago allegorical area banty P.J. “Parky” Cullerton and the acclaimed “Cullerton seat” in the City Council.
He is a descendent of Edward Cullerton, one of Chicago’s aboriginal settlers. The family’s political ascendancy began aloof afore the Chicago Fire of 1871 with the acclamation of alehouse babysitter Edward “Foxy” Cullerton and has connected about ceaseless anytime since.
His advocate aftermost anniversary alleged Tom Cullerton “an advantageously absolved adept of the United States Army and awful admired accessible servant.”
“The activity by the U.S. Department of Justice has annihilation to do with Mr. Cullerton’s assignment in the Illinois Accompaniment Senate but is the aftereffect of apocryphal claims by ashamed Teamsters bang-up John Coli in an credible attack to abstain penalties for his wrongdoing,” advocate John Theis said in a statement. “These allegations are artlessly not true, and we will be arresting the accuse in court.”
Contributing: Robert Herguth