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Guilty plea likely from a Chicagoland mayor in corruption probe


CRESTWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A lawyer says a suburban Chicago mayor is expected to plead guilty in a corruption investigation involving red-light cameras.

A federal judge set a hearing for Oct. 29, five weeks before a scheduled trial, after remarks by attorney Thomas Breen.

Crestwood Mayor Louis Presta was charged with bribery, tax crimes and lying to agents.

He's accused of accepting an envelope of cash in 2018. Red-light cameras record drivers at certain intersections, which can lead to tickets.

A former Illinois state senator, Martin Sandoval, pleaded guilty in 2020. He was accused of accepting about $250,000 to protect the interests of a red-light camera company.

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