Former chief of staff to IL House Speaker sentenced for lying under oath

  • Timothy Mapes, former chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for lying under oath to a grand jury.
  • Mapes is scheduled to begin serving his sentence in mid-June.
  • Four other people had previously been convicted of bribery conspiracy involving the state's largest power company with ties to Madigan associates.

A federal judge in Chicago on Monday sentenced a former chief of staff to longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to two and a half years in prison for lying under oath to a grand jury to protect his once powerful boss.

U.S. District Judge John F. Kness imposed the sentence on Timothy Mapes, 69, of Springfield. Last year, a jury in U.S. District Court in Chicago convicted Mapes of making false statements to a grand jury and attempting to obstruct justice.

“I don't understand why. You were immunized by the grand jury, and all you had to do was go in and tell the truth,” Judge John Kness said. “You knew the testimony was false. … I cannot ignore this discovery.”


Mapes must report to prison in mid-June to begin his sentence, the judge said.

Timothy Mapes, former chief of staff to longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, leaves a status hearing in his federal perjury case at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse on October 13, 2022. A judge District Court in Chicago sentenced Mapes to two and a half years. in prison for lying under oath to a grand jury. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Kness said in court that he believed a sense of loyalty potentially motivated Mapes' deception, but said such a feeling was wrong.

“Your loyalty was misguided, and now you will pay the price,” he said.

Prosecutors told jurors that Mapes lied repeatedly when he testified in 2021 before a grand jury investigating Madigan and others. They said he specifically lied when he said he didn't remember any relevant details about Madigan's ties to Michael McClain, who was a Madigan confidant.

One witness, a lawmaker, told jurors that Madigan, Mapes and McClain for years formed a powerful triumvirate — with Madigan at its head — in the Illinois House of Representatives, controlling which bills passed through the body legislative.

Government evidence included wiretapped telephone recordings and audio of Mapes testifying before the grand jury.

“He did everything he could to obstruct the process … to minimize his participation, to act like he had no idea,” prosecutor Julia Schwartz said of Mapes during closing arguments.

During his closing arguments, defense lawyer Andrew Porter said Mapes would have had no motivation to lie to protect his former boss after Madigan forced him to resign in 2018 amid harassment allegations, which which Mapes denied.

“Why would he fall on his sword for a guy who kicked him to the curb three years ago?” » Porter asked.

ILLINOIS DEMOCRATIC MICHAEL MADIGAN INdicted on Federal Racketeering and Corruption Charges

Last May, federal jurors convicted four defendants of bribery conspiracy involving the state's largest electric utility. Prosecutors said McClain, two former ComEd executives and a former utility consultant arranged contracts, jobs and money for Madigan associates to ensure that bills increasing ComEd's profits became law.

A year before Madigan was indicted and amid speculation that he was a federal target, Madigan resigned from the Legislature as the longest-serving Speaker of the House of Representatives in modern U.S. history .

The indictment accused Madigan of reaping the rewards of private legal work illegally assigned to his law firm, among other things. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Madigan lost the presidency and resigned his House seat in 2021, a year before he was indicted along with McClain in a separate racketeering case alleging Madigan sold his office for personal gain. This trial is expected to begin in October.

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