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Former Illinois Valley congressman denied change of venue for his court case

Posted by wlpo on December 8, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A federal judge has refused to move Aaron Schock’s corruption case from Springfield to Peoria at the former congressman’s request.

A judge on Wednesday said in her opinion that keeping the case in Springfield doesn’t hurt Schock, but that it could delay other cases she is hearing. Schock requested the move last month, arguing that the Peoria court was more convenient and appropriate. Prosecutors didn’t want the case moved.

Prosecutors say the disgraced Republican hosted Washington tours and meet-and-greets, charged a fee and kept some of the cash. The 35-year-old Schock is accused of using government and campaign money to subsidize a lavish lifestyle, as well as pocketing thousands of constituents’ dollars.

Schock will be arraigned Monday. He represented Marshall and Putnam County while in Congress.

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