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Arroyo’s replacement chosen with his organization’s support

FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor during session in Springfield, Ill. A federal bribery charge against an Illinois legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers be allowed to lobby other units of government. Illinois like most states allows legislators to lobby outside state government. The federal charge last month against former Rep. Arroyo laid bare an example of how lobbying privileges could be abused.

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Democrats have chosen a utility company executive to fill the legislative seat vacated by former Rep. Luis Arroyo (loo-EES' uh-ROY'-yoh) after he was charged with bribery.

But the Chicago Tribune reports that Eva-Dina Delgado was tabbed Friday night with votes from Arroyo’s 36th Ward. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan vowed that the House would challenge the selection of anyone with support from Arroyo’s organization.

The Chicago Democrat did not attend the meeting but gave his votes to a Chicago alderman who was able to control the selection.

Arroyo resigned this month after facing a federal charge that he attempted to bribe a state senator.

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Delgado is chief of staff for Peoples Gas. She would serve until January 2021. The seat will be on the November 2020 ballot.

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