Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo Arrested on Federal Bribery Charge

Prosecutors told a magistrate that the 65-year-old Chicago Democrat is accused of "offering an illicit payment to an official."

An Illinois state lawmaker has been arrested on a federal public corruption charge, becoming the latest top state Democrat targeted by federal prosecutors.

Rep. Luis Arroyo appeared in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Monday.

Prosecutors told a magistrate that the 65-year-old Chicago Democrat is accused of "offering an illicit payment to an official."

Arroyo stood next to his lawyer in court in a gray suit, his hands folded in front of him. Prosecutors didn't immediately offer any details. 

They told the judge the maximum penalty if Arroyo is convicted is 10 years in prison. 

In a statement on Monday afternoon, House Speaker Michael Madigan called the charges "very serious." 

"...I urge Representative Arroyo to resign from the House of Representatives, effective immediately," Madigan said in part. "If he refuses, I will take the necessary steps to begin the process to remove him from office..."

Madigan added that he instructed staff members to start bringing stakeholders and experts together to closely examine ethics and lobbying laws. 

Arroyo is from Chicago's west side and has served in the Legislature since 2006. He is chairman of a House appropriations committee and is on the public utilities committee and transportation committee.

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