Illinois Democrat Michael Madigan charged with federal racketeering and corruption


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Former Illinois President Michael Madigan was indicted on Wednesday on racketeering and bribery charges by a federal grand jury.

Madigan, 79, a Democrat who served as president for nearly 40 years until stepping down last year amid the investigation, is accused of using his position for personal financial gain, according to FOX 32 from Chicago.

The 22-count indictment alleges that Madigan and co-defendant Michael McClain ran a criminal enterprise between 2011 and 2019, soliciting bribes and financial rewards for him, his associates and his law firm. lawyers, McClain carrying out illegal activities at the request of Madigan.

“Madigan and McClain allegedly caused various businesses, including the Commonwealth Edison utility company, to make monetary payments to Madigan associates as a reward for their loyalty to Madigan, sometimes in return for performing little or no legitimate work. for businesses,” the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Michael Madigan, then Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and Chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party, speaks during a press conference at the Statehouse in Springfield, Illinois, U.S., Wednesday, February 18 2015.
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He is also accused of illegally directing private legal work to his law firm, including from those who had cases before the state and Chicago.

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He is charged with racketeering, conspiracy and individual counts of using interstate facilities for bribery, wire fraud and attempted extortion, according to the DOJ.

“I’ve said for years that we must root out corruption wherever it exists, and that’s why we passed and I signed ethics reforms in the state of Illinois,” the governor said Wednesday. JB Pritzker.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony at the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park on September 28, 2021 in Chicago.  (Getty Images)

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony at the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park on September 28, 2021 in Chicago. (Getty Images)

Republicans have seized on Madigan’s ties to Pritzker, who is up for re-election this year. Madigan helped Pritzker with important legislation during his first year in office, according to FOX 32.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said it was potentially “the darkest day in Illinois history.”

“This 22-count federal indictment against former Democratic President Michael Madigan is the beginning of the power cleanup so desperately needed by the government of Illinois. … But it is not just an act of indictment against Michael Madigan. It’s an indictment against the Illinois Democratic Party that he ran for decades.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said Madigan had a “destructive 40-year reign” and accused Pritzker of staying away, “allowing Madigan millions of contributions to the countryside”.

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State Senator Darren Bailey claimed Madigan had “selected” Pritzker as his gubernatorial candidate, FOX 32 reported.

Madigan had denied the charges against him, according to the Chicago Tribune.


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