Prosecutors want up to five years in prison for Madigan’s former chief of staff

(The Center Square) – Prosecutors want former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s longtime chief of staff to spend up to five years in prison to send a message to Springfield while defense attorneys want him to avoid prison. 

Tim Mapes, 68, served for decades under Madigan as the clerk of the Illinois House and as Madigan’s chief of staff. In August, a federal jury found Mapes guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to a grand jury investigating Madigan and others.

Prosecutors asked District Court Judge John Kness to sentence Mapes to 51 to 63 months in prison. Mapes’ defense attorney asked for time served, supervised release and community service hours. 

“A Guidelines sentence in this case will send an important message to those in Springfield and elsewhere within this State who still foolishly cling to Mapes’ view that circling the wagons to ‘protect the boss’ is acceptable –
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