Ill. lawmaker pleads not guilty to fraud charges
CHICAGO – Indicted state Rep. LaShawn Ford pleaded not guilty to charges related to bank fraud Tuesday during his first appearance in federal court.
Defense attorney Thomas Durkin entered the plea for the Chicago Democrat during a short hearing where Ford declined to comment.
After the hearing, Ford – who was first elected in 2006 – thanked the dozens of supporters who came to the hearing. They cheered and applauded after he left the courtroom.
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