Former Illinois lawmaker’s death could affect federal corruption probes and the newest RLC scandal

The death of former state lawmaker Martin Sandoval could change the landscape of Illinois’ ongoing corruption investigations.

Former Sen. Sandoval, a Chicago Democrat who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a red-light camera company and others, died last week of a COVID-19 related illness. In exchange for a lesser sentence, Sandoval agreed to cooperate fully with U.S. Attorney John Lausch Jr.’s office in ongoing investigations.