Longtime Illinois state senator hit with federal tax charge

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FILE – In this May, 8, 2013 file photo, Illinois Sen. Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, speaks at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Link was charged in federal court Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 with filing a false tax return, the latest Illinois lawmaker to face public corruption charges. Link reported an income of $264,450 in 2016 when the “defendant knew that the total income substantially exceeded that amount,” according to the single-page charging document. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois state Sen. Terry Link faces a federal charge of filing a false tax return. That’s according to a charging document filed Thursday. Link, a Democrat from Vernon Hills, is the latest state legislator to face public corruption charges. The document says Link reported an income of $264,450 in 2016 “when defendant knew that the total income substantially exceeded that amount.” Link represents suburbs north of Chicago. He first took office in 1997. He didn’t immediately return a request for comment. The charge comes after several other state lawmakers were charged as a result of the federal government’s ongoing criminal investigations into public corruption.

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