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Illinois State Senator Terry Link charged with tax evasion

Former Illinois state Sen. Terry Link pleads guilty to tax evasion

A long-serving Illinois state senator from the northern suburbs who sits on a state legislative ethics panel and was a poker-playing buddy of former President Barack Obama was charged by federal authorities Thursday with felony tax evasion.

The charge against state Sen. Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, was spelled out in a federal document filed Thursday that offered little detail about the nature of the accusation against him.

Link’s name surfaced in the federal bribery case against former state Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, who was accused last fall of offering to bribe an unidentified state senator $2,500 to help advance legislation legalizing sweepstakes gambling in Illinois. Arroyo pleaded not guilty.

WBEZ has confirmed that senator was Link, though the senator adamantly denied in an interview with WBEZ that he was a government mole.

It’s not clear whether that alleged bribery scheme has any relationship to the tax charge filed against Link on Thursday.

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