Democrat Illinois House Speaker Implicated In Bribery Scandal, Office Subpoenaed

The Democrat House Speaker of Illinois, Michael Madigan, has been implicated in a bribery scandal, an investigation has found.

The bribery scheme involved jobs and contracts. It looks like a sort of pay-to-play situation.

CBS News in Chicago reports:

Feds’ ComEd Bribery Case Implicates Mike Madigan; Speaker’s Office Subpoenaed; Governor Says Madigan ‘Must Resign’ If Allegations Are True

Following months of speculation about a wide-ranging investigation, federal prosecutors have charged ComEd with a years-long bribery scheme involving the company’s arrangement for jobs, contracts, and payments to allies and associates of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

ComEd will pay a $200 million fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement to end the federal probe, admitting it sought to influence “Public Official A” — identified as the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives without using Madigan’s name — by arranging for his allies and people who performed political work for him to obtain jobs, contracts and payments from ComEd between 2011 and 2019.

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“ComEd understood that, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Public Official A was able to exercise control over what measures were called for a vote in the House of Representatives and had substantial influence and control over fellow lawmakers concerning legislation, including legislation that affected ComEd,” federal prosecutors wrote in court filings.

ComEd faces a single charge of bribery. Madigan, 78, has not been charged with a crime.

Madigan was nowhere to be found on Friday, either at his district office or his Southwest Side home, but a spokesperson confirmed the speaker accepted federal subpoenas for various documents.

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This does not look good for Madigan.

It looks like his long career may be coming to a close.



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