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FBI and IRS raid three villages in Sen. Sandoval's 11th District

State Government

By Zeta Cross | Oct 1, 2019


Village of McCook, Illinois | http://www.villageofmccook.org/

Within three days after FBI and IRS agents raided the home and offices of Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) , agents made early morning raids on three southwest villages in Sandoval’s district.

Officers entered the village halls in McCook and Lyon on Thursday, leaving with boxes of documents and computers. In Summit, agents interviewed personnel about contracts and public works projects but did not take documents or computers.

Sandoval’s 11th district includes the villages of Lyons, McCook and Summit. In McCook, a village of only 200 residents, the Chicago Tribune reported that the officers had warrants seeking information about several individuals and entities, including contractors that do business with the village, McCook village attorney Gary Perlman told the Tribune.


Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago)) | https://senatormartinsandoval.com

McCook Mayor Jeff Tobolski has served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners since 2010. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Tobolski has a history of doling out patronage jobs in the village by hiring family members.

The Tribune reported that the latest raids are connected to those on Sandoval’s offices and home. Sources told the Tribune that investigators are concerned about possible kickbacks that Sandoval may have received in return for steering business contracts. 

Illinois state Rep. Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) sent a letter to the FBI’s Chicago field office on Thursday requesting that federal authorities share with the state any evidence supporting the allegations, the Tribune said. Earlier this year, Illinois lawmakers, including Sandoval, approved a massive multi-billion dollar infrastructure plan for Illinois. 

Wehrli told the FBI in his letter that he has “grave concerns” about illegal kickback schemes connected to the infrastructure spending, the Tribune said.  

Sandoval has been in office for 17 years. He chairs the influential Senate Transportation Committee. No criminal charges have been filed.

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