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McCann trial moved to next week

McCann trial moved to next week

2 weeks, 1 day ago by Scott Hardy

Former IL State Senator still hospitalized; trial to start Monday

A bench trial for a former Illinois state senator and gubernatorial candidate, charged with illegally spending over $200,000 in campaign funds on debts and personal expenses, now won't start until Monday.

Sam McCann appeared again via video Wednesday morning for a hearing in U.S. District Court in Springfield, where records show that, due to McCann still being in a St. Louis County hospital, his trial won't start until Monday. McCann's trial was set to start this past Monday, but was delayed after it was revealed that McCann was hospitalized. He plans to represent himself at trial, but does have a stand-by attorney. McCann's having a bench trial after he waived his right to a jury trial at a hearing in mid-November. He was indicted in February 2021 on nine counts of wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. The Government plans to show that McCann used campaign funds to pay for mortgages on two homes in Carlinville, and well as for two vehicles, an RV and a motor home.

McCann was a state senator from 2011 to early 2019, and his district included Pike and Scott Counties.

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