Prime Suspect: Luis Arroyo, Former IL State Representative
The newest member of the Crime Ring to be caught red handed is State Representative Luis “Jackpot” Arroyo. Arroyo was one of Madigan’s Assistant Majority Leaders and was Chairman of the powerful House Appropriations – Capital Committee which involved him working closely with Senator Sandoval on the recent $45 billion capital bill. He was charged by federal investigators for bribery. The indictment alleged that Arroyo agreed to pay a state senator $2,500 a month in kickbacks in exchange for the senator’s support on legislation involving video gambling sweepstakes games that would benefit one of Arroyo’s lobbying clients.
Since being indicted, Arroyo has resigned from office. However, in true Chicago fashion, he is still a ward committeeman. Because he had the most weighted votes as ward committeeman, he was able to choose the successor to his state representative seat.