Aaron Schock

An appeals court has refused to toss corruption charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, saying it can't assess whether his prosecution violated constitutional separation-of-powers clauses until after he goes to trial.

A lawyer for former Republican Rep. Aaron Schock says prosecutors are aiming to be the first to imprison a former member of Congress over ambiguous rules the U.S. House set for itself.

The Justice Department says in a new filing in former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's corruption case that a 1995 ruling that's long provided guidance in the prosecution of politicians is wrong.

The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois.

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock is appealing a recent lower-court decision allowing prosecutors in his corruption case to take the Peoria Republican to trial on 22 criminal counts.

A federal judge in central Illinois has tossed two counts in a 24-count indictment of former Rep. Aaron Schock, including a wire fraud allegation, but he still faces serious charges.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the U.S. attorney in central Illinois to detail in writing any additional "falsehoods" or "misstatements" made to grand juries investigating former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. 

Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock's attorneys accuse federal investigators of misconduct in their probe of the Republican and want the charges against him dismissed.

A federal judge says Aaron Schock isn't entitled to detailed evidence prosecutors gathered from a confidential informant on the then-congressman's staff as he prepares for trial. 

Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny requests from former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to throw out his corruption case. Prosecutors say Schock's reasons for dismissing the charges against him are "meritless." They made their argument in a filing in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock have asked a federal judge to reschedule his trial, citing evidence delays in a case centered on the Republican's alleged lavish spending.  Defense attorney George J. Terwilliger asked that the trial set for July be delayed until January. Terwilliger says the government hasn't handed over all evidence and Schock will likely file more motions.

Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock have asked a judge to drop a charge against him, saying it's too broad.  Schock's attorneys say a charge alleging theft of government funds contains too many allegations, makes it too difficult to prepare for trial, and is therefore improper. They say prosecutors have bundled five years' worth of alleged thefts into a single count.

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to toss the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached.  Lawyers for the Illinois Republican filed the motion to dismiss the case in a Springfield federal court. Among their other arguments is that the indictment trespasses on land the Constitution reserves for Congress.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock say a staffer secretly provided the government with a trove of confidential documents in violation of Schock's protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge who was to preside over the corruption trial of former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has recused herself.

Former Congressman Aaron Schock was in court today via video link. Four separate locations participated in the hearing with a federal courtroom linked for viewing in Peoria.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge is being asked to rule on how former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock spends remaining campaign money as he awaits trial.

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Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a federal judge to delay his corruption trial until the summer.

In a filing Wednesday, Schock's attorneys said they need more time to go through "voluminous" paperwork that they have yet to receive from prosecutors in the case. Schock's trial is currently scheduled to begin Feb. 7 in Springfield. His attorneys are asking the judge to delay the trial until at least July.

Former Congressman Aaron Schock has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

It happened Monday afternoon in Springfield’s federal courthouse. That’s just across the street from what had been one of the 35-year-old Republican’s district offices.

Federal prosecutors say they don't want former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock's corruption case moved from Springfield to Peoria.  Schock last month requested the move, arguing that the court in Peoria was more convenient and appropriate for his case. 

Aaron Schock is accused of allegedly using government and campaign money to subsidize a lavish lifestyle, as well as pocketing thousands of constituents' dollars.   The indictment unveiled this month says the 35-year old former Illinois Republican congressman hosted annual Washington tours and meet-and-greets, charged a special fee and secretly kept some of the cash. 

Peoria Public Radio

 

Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock will be arraigned next month on charges alleging he schemed to profit personally from his government job. Schock was scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 21 on theft of government funds, fraud, making false statements and filing false tax returns charges. However, Schock's attorneys asked for a delay, saying an arraignment that day would interfere with a planned international business trip.

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Attorneys for former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock are asking a federal judge to postpone his arraignment on charges alleging he schemed to profit personally from his government job.

Ex-Rep. Schock: 'I Am Eager to Finally Defend My Name'

Nov 10, 2016
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The U.S. Attorney’s office Thurs. indicted ex-Illinois congressman Aaron Schock on 24 counts of alleged fraud.

The former 18th District Congressman resigned in March 2015, amid allegations of financial mismanagement.

He held a press conference with his attorneys in Peoria, about an hour before the indictment was released. Schock claims no wrongdoing. He says the Justice Department "manufactured a crime."

Documents show that former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has agreed to pay a $10,000 Federal Election Commission fine for a campaign finance violation.  Schock resigned from Congress in March 2015 amid an investigation into how he spent campaign money, including remodeling his office in the style of the TV program "Downtown Abbey." 

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has returned to the floor of the House of Representatives for the first time since his resignation.  Schock was on the House floor for an address by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The former republican congressman wore a House member pin and said he was back to hear "my friend" speak.  Schock was heavily involved in issues related to India while a member of Congress.

CHICAGO (AP) - Four congressional staffers have told the U.S. House that they've been subpoenaed by the federal court in Springfield, Illinois, where a grand jury is conducting a probe into the spending of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. 

The  financial chief for the House, Traci Beaubian, and three other staff members wrote letters notifying the chamber about the subpoenas that were read on the House floor Monday. The letters did not mention the subject of the subpoenas.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered former U.S. Representative Aaron Schock to provide some records to prosecutors as part of a grand jury probe into the Peoria Republican's spending. 

U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough's ruling, issued February 12th, was unsealed Wednesday.

Among the 16 records Schock must turn over are documents related to a joint campaign fundraising committee he controlled, emails about his travel and a real estate investment and draft agreements related to his "personal business dealings."

Associated Press

Attorneys for former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock say they have reached an agreement with federal prosecutors on documents currently under review by a federal judge.

Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

Federal prosecutors have handed former Congressman Aaron Schock a second subpoena for financial records, texts and emails as part of a grand jury probe into Schock’s spending.  The new subpoena was disclosed Thursday as prosecutor Timothy Bass appeared before a U.S. District Court Judge. Bass said it's, quote, "utter nonsense" that Schock hasn't fully complied with a grand jury request issued months ago. 

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