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Former Illinois House Speaker Charged for a Decade of Alleged Criminal Enterprise

Michael Madigan, former Democratic Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, and one of the state’s most influential legislators, has been indicted on corruption charges, the U.S. attorney announced late Wednesday.

Madigan, 79, first became Speaker in 1983, and served for a total of 36 years until he resigned in Feb. 2021. The 106-page indictment alleges that Madigan solicited and received bribes, used his power to affect the progress of bills, used “intimidation, and extortion to solicit benefits from private parties,” as well as “using facilities of interstate commerce to coordinate, plan, and further the goals of the enterprise.”

The indictment dubbed the decade-long scheme as the “Madigan Enterprise,” saying that the purpose was to enhance Madigan’s political power, financially reward his political allies for their loyalty, and to “generate income for members and associates of the enterprise through illegal activities,” according to the indictment. The former-legislator has been charged with a list of 22 counts.

Madigan was linked to the bribery scheme involving top ComEd executives by federal investigators, though insisted he had done nothing wrong according to ABC7 Chicago.

This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.

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