Former mayor pleads guilty to federal corruption charge

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A former southern Illinois mayor has pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about referral commissions he received on city contracts.

Kevin Hutchinson of Columbia is due to be sentenced Jun 28 after entering the plea Monday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.

The 56-yerar-old Hutchinson had been charged with one felony count of making a false statement to the federal Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Hutchinson resigned as mayor following his indictment by a federal grand jury. He was in his fourth term.