The Associated Press has learned that the former head of a Peoria-area construction firm was ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution after pleading guilty to fraud in connection with two public university projects. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office shared details of the case with the AP in advance of general release early today. The office says the case against Thomas J. Williams in Sangamon County Circuit Court was sealed until Wednesday, the day of his plea. Williams admitted that Williams Brothers Construction of Peoria Heights falsely told the Illinois Capital Development Board that a minority-owned subcontractor would work on the construction projects. The projects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville were worth about $60 million to Williams' company.
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