GOP leader: Too early for House action on lawmaker
(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