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Ex-Illinois Speaker Madigan Charged in Federal Bribery Case

  • Charges stem from probe of payments by state’s biggest utility
  • U.S. says he used position to bolster power, enrich himself
Michael Madigan in 2015.
Michael Madigan in 2015.Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg  
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Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the longest serving head of a statehouse in the U.S., was indicted on federal racketeering and bribery charges after becoming entangled in a probe of the state’s largest electricity utility.

Madigan, a power broker in the state for decades, used “his official position to corruptly solicit and receive personal financial rewards for himself and his associates,” the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday in a statement. The government’s 22-count indictment includes forfeiture claims for $2.85 million from Madigan and close friend Michael F. McClain, who was indicted in 2020.