Why a convicted ex-Madigan aide is still collecting a big pension

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Despite a federal jury last week convicting Tim Mapes of two felonies, the former chief of staff for Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan continues to receive a nearly $150,000-a-year state government pension.

In fact, while he sat in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse defending himself against a mountain of evidence, pension records show that Mapes automatically collected his monthly pension check of $12,492 for August.

And there’s a good chance he’ll keep collecting that money.

Read the full story from the Tribune’s Ray Long and Jason Meisner.

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