Surprise–the most powerful Democrat in Illinois state politics is also allegedly corrupt to the core.
Speaker of the Illinois House Mike Madigan was implicated in a ComEd bribery scandal in which the power company reportedly gave exclusive contracts and no-show jobs to his friends and associates in exchange for favorable legislation over which he had great influence.
Madigan was not directly named in the public filings, but the description of the activities could not have fit anyone else in Illinois state government.
It is unclear what will happen to Madigan, but ComEd has made an agreement to pay $200 million in fines to the state and to cooperate with future oversight. The company officials involved in the scheme no longer work there and left even before the scandal was discovered, the company said.
U.S. Attorney John Lausch, Jr. said in a Friday press conference that the case “speaks volumes about the very nature of the problem of public corruption here in Illinois.” Indeed.
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