Elected officials are always under heavy scrutiny when it comes to ethics and potential violations. And occasionally, they’ll even commit obvious crimes, which make national headlines.
Now, a Chicago Democrat and Illinois Senator is on the hook for some serious charges, which could have a significant impact on his political career.
It’s also interesting to note that his family has ties to former President Barack Obama, and that’s bound to make some waves.
Senator Emil Jones III was just indicted on major bribery charges, and he’s even accused of lying to the FBI during the investigation. This could result in an embarrassing conviction and time in prison.
He is the son of former Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones Jr., and he allegedly was involved in a bribery scheme with red-light camera company SafeSpeed LLC.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that he was indicted on Tuesday, and he intends to plead guilty.
This makes Jones III the second state senate member to plead guilty to a federal crime in 2022. Another Democrat, Thomas Cullerton, was previously indicted over no-show jobs in 2019.
The connection to Obama is interesting, as noted by Breitbart:
Jones’ father, Emil Jones Jr., a longtime political fixer from Chicago and the man who is considered Barack Obama’s ‘political godfather,’ said that the charges against his son do not ‘reflect’ the younger Jones’ character.
A CBS report in 2008 said that Jones’ father was “indispensable to Barack Obama’s career.”
It’s possible that without the support of Jones, Obama would never have advanced in his political career. Jones helped make Obama a viable candidate, which in turn led to his presidential run.
Here’s perhaps the most intriguing tidbit:
As The New Republic reported in 2008, Jones pulled together a series of bills that Obama had nothing at all to do with but were destined for easy passage, and he signed Obama’s name to them.
They all passed, especially a high-profile healthcare bill, and Obama suddenly looked as if he was a mover and a shaker in the state capitol in Springfield.
At the time, Jones was accused of “bill-jacking,” which meant that Jones basically stole issues from other senators and gave them to Obama.
So, calling Emil Jones Jr. Obama’s “political godfather” might be quite accurate. But now his son is facing some very serious charges that could feasibly end his career.
Corruption among politicians is nothing new, though it does seem to many that charges among left-wing leaders in heavy Blue cites are starting to mount.
- A Democrat state senator from Illinois has been indicted on bribery charges, and is accused of lying to the FBI.
- Emil Jones III is the son of Emil Jones Jr., who has been called the “political godfather” to Barack Obama.
- Jones III is the second state senate member to be indicted in 2022.