Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to federal tax charge

Senator Terry Link (D) 30th District – Photo ILGA.gov

CHICAGO (AP) — A former longtime Illinois state legislator has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. Former Sen. Terry Link appeared in Chicago’s federal court Wednesday via video. The Democrat who first took office in 1997 resigned last week. He’s the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government’s ongoing criminal investigations into public corruption in Illinois. Link is accused of underreporting his income from 2012 to 2016. Under preliminary sentencing guidelines, Link would face up to 16 months in prison. But federal prosecutors intend to recommend probation if Link fully cooperates with the government.