Longtime Democrat Speaker Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges

Longtime Democrat Speaker Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been indicted on federal racketeering charges following a federal investigation.

Madigan will now face 22 charges, along with another former Illinois politician, for having taken advantage of their powers while in public office.

Madigan, a long time politician, had been a member of the Illinois State House since the early 70s, and was even Speaker for 38 years.

Journalist Jason Meisner explained on Twitter that Madigan will face 22-count indictments which include a forfeiture request of $2.8 million forfeiture “of allegedly ill-gotten gains.”

Madigan’s charges include those of bribery and using his time in office for personal gains.

US Attorney John R. Lausch on Wednesday said: “Corruption by an elected official and his associates undermines the public’s confidence in our government. The indictment alleges a long-term, multifaceted scheme to use public positions for unlawful private gain. Rooting out and prosecuting the kind of corruption alleged in the indictment will always be a top priority for this office.”

The Chicago Sun-Times show how Madigan had allegedly secretly recorded former alderman Danny Solis who discussed a land development that would give Madigan “private benefits.” The lot, which was in Chinatown, was state-owned and would have needed to be sold to become private.

Madigan was accused of bribery in July 2020 for dealings with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd.) “ComEd admitted it secured jobs, often requiring little or no work, and contracts for his associates from 2011 to 2019 for favorable treatment in regulations,” NBC Chicago wrote.

An investigation was still ongoing into Madigan as of February 2021, after Madigan had made the decision to resign as speaker Speaker of the House for the state of Illinois.

“Arraignments in U.S. District Court in Chicago have not yet been scheduled” for Madigan, according to the DOJ.


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