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Former IL House Speaker Mike Madigan Indicted

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Ashlee Rezin, Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times, https://www.northernpublicradio.org/2022-03-02/ex-illinois-house-speaker-michael-madigan-is-indicted-on-federal-racketeering-charges
Former Speaker of the House Michael Madigan parks in the garage at his Southwest Side home, Wednesday afternoon, March 2, 2022.

Ex-Illinois House Speaker, and ex-Democratic Party boss, Michael Madigan was indicted Wednesday in federal court. The indictment says he's charged with racketeering and for taking part in bribery schemes for his own personal gain.

In unsealing the long-anticipated case, federal prosecutors targeted the Chicago politician who rose from the Southwest Side’s Democratic ward to become the most influential figure at the Illinois Capitol for decades.

The prosecution of Madigan represents the most significant corruption case in the notoriously toxic world of Chicago and Illinois politics since the conviction a decade ago of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

But Madigan, 79, appears determined to fight the charges aggressively. He has repeatedly professed his innocence in a series of statements, even as the federal investigation penetrated his inner circle and inched steadily closer to turning him into a criminal defendant.

Prosecutors from the office of U.S. Attorney John Lausch, who’s the top federal prosecutor in northern Illinois, leveled the allegations more than a year after Madigan lost his speaker’s gavel and he gave up his seat in Springfield after 50 years as a state representative. He also set a national record by serving as House speaker for 36 years.

The charges against Madigan were widely speculated since ComEd admitted in 2020 to bribing him. Although Madigan was not explicitly named in court records until now, the prosecutors clearly referred to Madigan in their repeated
descriptions of a “Public Official A” who benefitted from ComEd’s bribery.

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