(AbsoluteNews.com) – In 2020, a deferred prosecution agreement with utility giant ComEd came to light. The company admitted to securing contracts and jobs for associates of someone known as “Public Official A,” from 2011 to 2019 in order to receive special treatment from regulators. The public official turned out to be one of the most prominent lawmakers in the state.
Former Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan (D) was no ordinary lawmaker. He was the long-serving leader of a legislative body, state or federal, in American history. The powerful Democrat served as the Speaker every year but two from 1983 until 2021. On February 18, 2021, he resigned from office and just over a year later, authorities indicted him on racketeering charges allegedly related to the ComEd scheme.
///BREAKING/// Former House Speaker Michael Madigan, for years the most powerful politician in the state, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on racketeering charges. Details to come. pic.twitter.com/kcB2ZKVqdS
— Jason Meisner (@jmetr22b) March 2, 2022
At the beginning of March, Madigan was charged with 22 counts in an almost $3-million scheme. The indictment accuses him of leading a “criminal enterprise” for almost a decade. According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the purpose of the crimes was to allegedly generate money for Madigan’s associates and “enhance [his] political power.”
Madigan released a statement denying all of the accusations against him saying they are “unfounded.”
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