Timothy Mapes, the long-time right-hand of former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, will spend 30 months behind bars for perjury and obstruction of justice, a federal judge ruled on Monday. The sentence follows his August conviction for lying under oath in order to shield his boss from the sprawling ComEd corruption investigation that has rocked Illinois politics. This information comes from the report by ABC7 Chicago.
In Monday's sentencing, U.S. District Judge John Kness expressed his bafflement over Mapes' actions saying, "I don’t understand why you did what you did." During the case, Mapes admitted to feeling "humbled and remorseful," acknowledging the damage his actions caused to the trust in Illinois' government. Despite the prosecution's urging for a stricter 51 to 63 months in prison, Mapes' defense argued for a lighter sentence, including supervised release and community service. In a statement obtained by WTTW News, Mapes lamented the eroding faith of the Illinois populace in their leaders and described it as heartbreaking.
Mapes testified under an immunity agreement in 2021, but prosecutors argued he told brazen lies to a grand jury seven times to minimize Madigan's relationship with Michael McClain, who was also later convicted. His obstruction significantly hindered the inquiry, though it did not stop Madigan and McClain from being indicted. Madigan is set to face his own trial on racketeering charges later in October, along with McClain. According to ABC7 Chicago, the stakes were high as Mapes could have been a key witness, instead choosing to "protect the boss" at the cost of the truth.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Schwartz criticized Mapes' actions, telling WTTW News, "The defendant made a choice. He chose loyalty to his two friends over telling the truth." Despite these criticisms, Mapes' defense attorney Andrew Porter claimed his client was not privy to Madigan and McClain's alleged schemes. Porter argued that though Mapes respected the jury's verdict, he maintained his innocence, suggesting that Mapes was never "in the room when it happened, if it happened," referencing the discussions related to ComEd's legislative agenda. Moreover, the government's reliance on wiretap evidence painted a picture of frequent communication between Mapes and McClain, detailing involvement in varied discussions from trivial to pressing political matters as evidenced by WTTW News.
The descent of Mapes into the annals of disgraced political figures marks another chapter in the cleanup of Illinois' tarnished political landscape. With his commencement of the prison term set for June 11, the former stalwart of Illinois politics must reconcile with the loyalty that led to his downfall, as the public grapples with the echoes of trust betrayed.