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 […]

News Around Illinois – Aug. 6, 2020

Treasurer Reports Record Return Of Unclaimed Property SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois treasurer’s office on Wednesday announced it has returned a billion dollars of unclaimed property to rightful owners or their survivors in the past five years. Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Wednesday said the amount set a record for any five-year period in the […]

Madigan: ‘No Plans To Resign’ As Dem Women Seek His Ouster

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Iris Martinez, a respected and influential state and national Democratic Party leader, on Thursday joined a burgeoning group of Democratic lawmakers — all women — calling for Michael Madigan to relinquish his decades-long grip on Illinois politics by resigning as party leader, House speaker, or both after he was implicated in a federal […]

Bribery Scheme Implicating Madigan Revives Term Limits Talk

SPRINGFIELD — A federal deal in which utility giant ComEd will pay a $200 million fine to settle an investigation into a bribery scheme at the state Capitol has implicated House Speaker Michael Madigan, but he’s not been charged with wrongdoing. Madigan’s been in control for 3 1/2 decades. So it’s natural that term limits […]

News Around Illinois – July 17, 2020

ComEd To Pay $200M Over Bribery, Illinois Speaker Implicated CHICAGO (AP) — Electric utility ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery scheme that implicates Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, federal prosecutors announced Friday. The company has admitted that it arranged jobs, subcontracted work and monetary […]