The ongoing corruption investigation into the Chicago Teamsters’ Joint Council 25 just expanded into the Illinois legislature.
CHICAGO, IL—As part of its ongoing criminal investigation into Teamsters Joint Council 25, federal investigators have reportedly subpoenaed records regarding Illinois legislator Thomas Cullerton [D-Villa Park]
Cullerton, who is now chairman of the Senate Labor Committee and was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2012, received income from Joint Council 25 as an “organizer” from 2013 through 2015.
The subpoena, issued in early February with the Illinois Senate, sought Cullerton’s personnel file as well as records regarding his legislative attendance; reimbursements for travel, lodging, meals, cell phone and vehicle allowances; and “all emails to and from” the senator between Feb. 1, 2013, and March 31, 2016, according to WBEZ.org.
Cullerton, according to his campaign website, is a former route salesman for Hostess Brands and a “proud union man.”
“Teamsters Joint Council 25 has come under scrutiny after a sprawling criminal investigation yielded a 13-count extortion and tax fraud indictment in 2017 against its politically connected former president, John Coli Sr., who headed the organization from 2002 to 2017,” notes WBEZ.org
Thus far, Cullerton has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
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