Reports say Reynolds' 14-day visa had expired in December, and he continued to rack up hotel bills which he had not paid. Reynolds, who served time in federal prison for statutory rape of a 16 year old campaign volunteer, is also accused of making 100 pornographic videos with at least ten different women at various times in his hotel room.
Reynolds told The Herald that the arrest was unexpected because he had been working to bring investors into the locality, and his work had paid off with the announced construction of a new hotel.
Reynolds represented Illinois' 2nd Congressional District before Jesse Jackson Jr, who is now facing federal prison. Reynolds attempted to get re-elected into Congress when a special election was held last year to fill Jackson's vacancy.