The developer, Calvin Boender, who has been one of Rep. Luis Gutierrez's major contributors, has been convicted of bribery. In the past, Gutierrez said he played an "extremely minimal" part in winning approval for the Galewood Yards project, but testimony at Boender's trial revealed Gutierrez, D-Ill., met with Mayor Richard Daley about the development.
Boender lent the congressman $200,000, the Tribune said.
The congressman's office released a statement: "Congressman Gutierrez's only involvement in the Galewood Yards development was to express his support for a project that he believed would be good for the community."
Gutierrez, a nine-term congressman, is running for re-election in November. He is the author of an immigration reform bill and was arrested Saturday outside the White House in Washington at a protest against Arizona's stringent new immigration law, The Hill reported.