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Schock's public corruption trial set for June

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PEORIA — As expected, the public corruption trial of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock will not occur in January.

Rather, it appears the trial could take place in the early summer of 2019 according to Mark Hubbard, a spokesman for Schock.

Minutes from a hearing early Friday morning indicated that the new trial, which now is expected to take four weeks or less, will begin on June 10.

Prosecutors and Schock's attorneys met in Chicago Friday morning to discuss the case which has seen several twists and turns over the years, with the biggest upheavals coming this summer as a new judge and a new prosecutorial team was put on the case.

Both the judge and the prosecutors are from Chicago but all indications point to the trial remaining at the federal courthouse in Urbana where the previous judge was seated.

As such, a delay from the January trial was all but certain. However, Hubbard said he also saw another possible silver lining for the Peoria Republican.

"We think the biggest takeaway with the new prosecutor to take a full review of the case. They are going to take a fresh look at the case and think that's a good development," Hubbard said.

The parties will next begin in, via telephone, on Dec. 10, for a status hearing.

Schock, 37, was indicted in November 2016 on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, making false statements, filing a false tax return, theft of government funds and falsification of Federal Election Commission filings. The charges allege a course of conduct that began when Schock was first elected to Congress in 2008 and continued until October 2015, about six months after he resigned from office. It's alleged that he stole more than $100,000 from the government and his campaign committees.


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