PEORIA — A Chicago-based federal judge will hold a hearing next week in Urbana's federal court to get an update on the public corruption trial of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly asked the two sides on the case to give him an update at the hearing, which is set for 10:30 a.m., Aug. 31.
Specifically, the judge is asking the parties to brief him on the status of pretrial discovery, identification of any motions and other matters that are pending for decision, as well as the likelihood of new motions being filed. Among the motions currently pending is Schock's request to move the trial to Peoria.
Kennelly is the third judge on the case. Earlier this month, Colin Bruce, a federal judge sitting in Urbana, was removed from the case after it was found he was talking to employees within the U.S. Attorney's Office about other cases. Kennelly was appointed earlier this week by the chief judge to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Schock, 36, 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.
The case is currently set for trial in late January.
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