Federal prosecutors say Michael Madigan’s former chief of staff Tim Mapes chose to “willfully obstruct” the government’s sprawling investigation into the former Illinois house speaker when he repeatedly lied to a grand jury and should be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.
In a sentencing memo filed Monday, the government asked a federal judge to sentence Mapes to between 51 and 63 months in prison following his conviction last August on charges of making false declarations and attempted obstruction of justice.
“Even now, after a jury convicted Mapes of both perjury and obstruction of justice, and of every single false statement listed in the indictment, Mapes still refuses to accept responsibility for his actions,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Schwartz wrote in the memo. “He instead blames the government for not presenting him with more information when he repeatedly (and falsely) asserted a lack of memory before the grand jury.”
Mapes testified under an immunity deal before a grand jury in 2021 that was investigating Madigan and his longtime confidant Michael McClain. McClain and three other ex-Commonwealth Edison officials were convicted last April of conspiring to bribe Madigan to further the utility company’s legislative agenda in Springfield.
Madigan is also set to go to trial later this year on racketeering charges alongside McClain.
According to prosecutors, Mapes lied under oath during that proceeding at least seven times in an attempt to minimize the relationship between Madigan and McClain.
During that testimony, Mapes was asked if McClain had given him “any insight into what his interactions” with Madigan were “that you weren’t privy to personally?” He allegedly replied: “No, that wouldn’t — that wouldn’t happen.”
He also claimed McClain hadn’t told him “what he was discussing with (Madigan) or anything that he was doing on behalf of (Madigan)” and said he didn’t recall “any sort of tasks or assignments” McClain would have performed for Madigan from 2017 to 2019.
“Mapes’ motive for lying was obvious,” Schwartz wrote. “Mapes wanted to protect his long-time boss, Madigan, as well as his friend McClain, and ensure that he could never become a witness at a criminal trial.”
Mapes’ attorney Andrew Porter wrote in the defense’s sentencing memo that his client “accepts the jury’s verdict — though he disagrees with it and continues to maintain his innocence.”
Porter painted Mapes as an “extremely hard worker, and a selfless member of his community” who “spent decades working very hard (and expecting it of others) trying to make the State of Illinois better, fairer, and more compassionate to its citizens.”
According to Porter, the government at trial did nothing more than prove “at most” that Mapes could not recall conversations with McClain “about legal activity from three years or more in the past.” He also argued that Mapes was not allowed to refresh his memory during his grand jury testimony “unlike … almost every other witness with whom the government spoke in this investigation.”
The defense requested a sentence of time served along with supervised release and a “significant portion” of community service.
Mapes is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 12.