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Schock lawyers ask for a change of venue

Posted by wlpo on November 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Lawyers for former Congressman Aaron Schock want his corruption case moved from Springfield to Peoria.

Schock’s attorneys argue in a motion filed Monday the case has no connection to Springfield, and called Peoria more convenient and appropriate. The 35-year-old Schock is from Peoria.

He’s accused of using government and campaign money to subsidize a lavish lifestyle, as well as pocketing thousands of constituents’ dollars. Prosecutors say the disgraced Republican hosted Washington tours and meet-and-greets, charged a fee and kept some of the cash.

Schock used to represent both Putnam and Marshall Counties.

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