Arroyo Resigns, Faces Federal Bribery Charges

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News

(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — Illinois State Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago) submitted his resignation Friday, ahead of a House Committee that would’ve considered kicking him out of office.

Prosecutors say the lawmaker paid a bribe to a state senator in exchange for support of a gaming bill that would have benefited one of Arroyo’s clients.

In a letter, Arroyo wrote, “My respect for you is such that I have decided that continuing my public service would cause a distraction to this august body. But more importantly, it was my sincere desire to spare the members of this body from having to take such a difficult vote at a time when you are all running for re-election considering how well we have all worked together.”

Arroyo has represented the city’s West Side since 2006.

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