Former Illinois state legislator sentenced to one year in prison for tax offenses

Former State Senator Annazette R. Collins (Courtesy of the Illinois General Assembly.)

CHICAGO – A former Illinois state legislator will spend a year in federal prison for tax violations.

On Friday, 62-year-old Annazette Collins, a former member of the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives, was sentenced to one year in prison for underreporting and failing to file her income tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Collins

According to prosecutors, Collins, who was convicted in February, intentionally filed false tax returns in 2014 and 2015 and intentionally failed to file an income tax return for her consulting and lobbying firm, Kourtnie Nicole Corp., in 2016.

In addition to her prison sentence, Collins was ordered to pay $110,852 in restitution.

According to the Associated Press, the case is one of several opened as part of an investigation into former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Madigan was indicted in 2022 for his alleged role in a conspiracy related to lobbying practices during his time in politics. He later pleaded not guilty to federal charges, including racketeering, bribery, wire fraud and extortion.

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