Ray LaHood

Aaron Schock's journey from political star to criminal defendant

Aaron Schock's journey from political star to criminal defendant

Aaron Schock was 27 years old when he was elected to Congress and became the first member of the House born in the 1980s.

Already a political veteran — he won a write-in campaign for the Peoria school board at 19 — Schock was seen as one of Capitol Hill's up and comers. It didn't hurt that he was a gym disciple with a camera-ready face.

But six years after being sworn in as a congressman in 2009, Schock resigned amid a federal and state criminal probe into how he spent campaign dollars and his $1 million-plus annual office budget.

Now, Schock, 35, faces a 24-count federal indictment handed down Thursday by a Springfield grand jury that accuses him of...

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