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CHICAGO — Illinois State Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago) has been charged in a scheme to pay another elected official.

The charges were unsealed in a federal courtroom in Chicago Monday.

Prosecutors accuse Arroyo, who is the assistant majority leader in Springfield, with offering to illicit payments to an unidentified state senator.  The state senator is cooperating in the investigation, according to federal officials.

A magistrate judge set Arroyo’s bond at $10,000.

The Democrat, who has served in the state legislature since 2006, declined to comment to reporters following his court appearance. Prosecutors said an initial payment of $2,500 was discussed and the payments were to continue for six months to one year.

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COMPLAINT: U.S. v. Arroyo

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