Ex-City Manager Indicted in Station Lobbying Scheme

A former Illinois city manager has been indicted on felony charges stemming from unauthorized payments for a lobbying effort to create an Amtrak stop.

Bob Keily, who retired in 2018 as city manager of Lake Forest, was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 23.

He is charged with making illegal payments totaling nearly $200,000 to a Washington-based lobbying firm between January 2016 and 2017.

Keily was charged after a Lake Forest City Council-appointed special counsel probed the fund transfers.

The special counsel reported in March 2018 that the transfers violated city codes by laundering public funds through the city attorney’s private law firm for the lobbying effort.

Keily was seeking to persuade Amtrak to establish a stop for its Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha Service trains in Lake Forest.

That project also included adding an underpass beneath the tracks that would have cost $13 million.

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