Madigan’s former chief of staff pleads not guilty to perjury

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CHICAGO (AP) — The longtime chief of staff to former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has pleaded not guilty to accusations he lied under oath to a federal grand jury investigating a bribery scheme involving electric utility Commonwealth Edison. Timothy Mapes entered the plea Friday during a hearing conducted remotely. U.S. District Judge John Lee says the 66-year-old Mapes will remain free pending trial. Wednesday’s indictment states Mapes was granted immunity to testify and that his words or evidence can’t be used against him in a criminal case unless he committed perjury. Mapes’ attorneys have rejected the perjury allegation, contending the government’s case is about Madigan.

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