GOP leader: Too early for House action on lawmaker


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The top Republican in the Illinois House says it's too early to make a recommendation on whether the Legislature should take action on the indictment of a state representative on federal bank fraud charges.


House Minority Leader Tom Cross calls the charges "very serious and very troubling" but says lawmakers need more information.


Prosecutors allege Chicago Democrat La Shawn Ford made false statements to a bank to get a $500,000 increase on a line of credit. They say he told the bank he would use the money to rehabilitate investment properties but instead used it for expenses like car loans, credit cards, casino payments and for his 2006 campaign for state representative.


Ford says he's innocent.


Earlier this year, the Legislature expelled another House member under federal indictment.

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