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Ex-U.S. Rep. Schock Wants Trial Delayed Until 2018

Attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock have asked a federal judge to reschedule his trial, citing evidence delays in a case centered on the Illinois Republican's alleged lavish spending.

Defense attorney George J. Terwilliger asked Wednesday that the trial set for July be delayed until January, the Peoria Journal Star reports.

Terwilliger says the government hasn't handed over all evidence, and Schock is likely to file more motions.

The request is expected to be discussed Friday during a conference call with the judge, who last week expressed doubts the trial would begin in July.

Schock, of Peoria, is accused of illegally seeking reimbursement in government funds for lavish spending, including $5,000 on a chandelier while remodeling his Washington office in the style of the "Downton Abbey" television series.

The once-rising GOP star has pleaded not guilty.

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