Madigan Suspends Campaign For House Speaker

SPRINGFIELD – Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) is suspending his campaign to be Illinois House Speaker. Madigan has long been one of those most powerful politicians in the state. He’s been House speaker for all but two years since 1983, and also chairs the state Democratic Party. In a statement, Madigan says his suspension is not a withdrawal […]

House Speaker’s Friend, 3 Others Enter Bribery Case Pleas

CHICAGO — Four people, including a close friend of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, have entered not guilty pleas in a federal bribery case alleging a scheme with the state’s largest utility. The pleas were entered Wednesday, weeks after they were charged with federal counts of bribery and conspiracy. Among those who entered pleas was […]

Key Madigan Ally, ComEd Lobbyists And Official Indicted In Federal Bribery Scheme

SPRINGFIELD – A longtime confidante of House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) was charged along with two other former Commonwealth Edison lobbyists and the CEO of ComEd’s parent company in a nine-count indictment Wednesday, alleging the four conspired on a wide-ranging bribery scheme all designed to influence Madigan. Mike McClain, who spent decades lobbying for electric […]

Dem Chairman Delays Further Hearings in Madigan Probe Until After Election

SPRINGFIELD — The chairman of the Special Investigating Committee probing Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s alleged role in a bribery scheme said Tuesday that he will delay any further meetings of that panel until after the Nov. 3 general election. “The committee will meet again in person on Nov. 5 in Springfield – without the […]

Republicans Outline Charge Against Madigan, Seek Witnesses And Documents

SPRINGFIELD – Republicans in the Illinois House on Thursday unveiled a single charge they hope to bring against Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, accusing him of “conduct unbecoming to a legislator or which constitutes a breach of public trust.” House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, introduced that charge during the first day of hearings […]