Timothy Mapes, a former chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for lying under oath to protect Madigan.

A federal judge in Chicago sentenced Timothy Mapes, 69, after he was found guilty of making false declarations and attempting obstruction of justice. Prosecutors argued that Mapes lied to a grand jury in 2021 during an investigation into Madigan and his associates' corruption. Despite defense arguments suggesting no motive for Mapes to protect Madigan, who had previously forced Mapes to resign, the evidence including wiretapped phone recordings supported the prosecution's case of persistent obstruction.