- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has chastised former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds for traveling to Zambia without court authorization while free on bond on tax charges.

Reynolds gained permission two months ago to visit his daughter in South Africa, but U.S. District Judge John Darrah told him in court Thursday that did not include approval to go to Zambia, where he met with a doctor while tending to the daughter’s medical issues.

Darrah told the 63-year-old Reynolds the opportunity he received to leave Illinois “is an extraordinary privilege given the situation that you’re in right now.”

Darrah handed down no further sanction. He set Reynolds’ trial for May 2.

The Illinois Democrat has pleaded not guilty to failing to file income tax returns.

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