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Illinois House Democrats try to maintain their big edge over GOP without the leader who helped forge it, Michael Madigan

For the first time in nearly four decades, Illinois House Democrats are seeking to defend their dominance in Springfield without the chief architect of their supermajority, indicted former House Speaker Michael Madigan, at the helm of their campaign operation. As new House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and his members try to turn the page on the Madigan era without losing ground to the ...
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Michael Madigan spoke with confidant about helping lobbyist find work with gaming industry, affidavit alleges

It’s no secret that Michael Madigan, the indicted ex-speaker of the Illinois House, for years generated a conga line of Democratic staffers and others who toiled in the legislative arena and then cashed in as lobbyists. But it was rare to catch Madigan allegedly playing matchmaker. Now a recently unsealed federal court filing has documented a secret federal recording of Madigan allegedly ...
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Two longtime Democratic state senators with ties to indicted ex-House Speaker Michael Madigan drop reelection bids

Two longtime Democratic state senators whose names have come up as part of the wide-ranging federal corruption probe that led to charges against former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan have dropped their reelection bids. Sens. Tony Muñoz of Chicago, an assistant majority leader, and Steve Landek, who doubles as mayor of Bridgeview, withdrew their names from the June 28 primary ballot, ...
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Daywatch: In Chicago, British foreign minister says Putin made ‘strategic error’ | FBI acquires transcript of Michael Madigan deposition | Bulls playoff series preview

Good morning, Chicago. Russian President Vladimir Putin committed a major “strategic error” in believing his invasion of Ukraine would fragment Western democracies, the British foreign minister for Europe and North America said in Chicago this week. Instead, Foreign Office Minister James Cleverly said, Putin saw the NATO alliance and allied countries unite against Russian aggression in a sign ...
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FBI acquires transcript of Michael Madigan deposition and the ex-speaker answering questions under oath in civil case

The FBI has acquired sworn depositions that indicted ex-Speaker Michael Madigan and his former chief of staff gave more than three years ago in a lawsuit accusing Madigan’s campaign organization of propping up sham candidates. The move represents a new development in the sweeping federal racketeering case federal authorities filed last month against Madigan. Federal authorities made the ...
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Federal judge dismisses case that alleged Michael Madigan and Ald. Marty Quinn violated opponent’s civil rights

Despite allegations of using dirty tricks, 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn beat the college kid again — this time in federal court. U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger this week dismissed a lawsuit brought by David Krupa, who as a 19-year-old DePaul University student ran an upstart campaign for alderman in 2019 but lost. Krupa in the lawsuit accused Quinn and then-Speaker Michael Madigan of ...
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Ray Long to appear at Bradley to promote book on Michael Madigan

Chicago Tribune reporter Ray Long — whose new book, The House That Madigan Built: The Record Run of Illinois’ Velvet Hammer, was excerpted in last month’s Community Word — is set to appear at Bradley University on Monday, April 18 as a program by OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).
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Michael Madigan: The Man Who Ran Illinois

State legislators are like ants on a log. There are too many of them and they are too small, running around too fast to recognize as individuals, let alone track their efforts. Even if the log is in your backyard, why bother paying attention? Given the typical statehouse task—dragging bits of legislative leaf around—only the most dedicated political junkies even bother to try.
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Daywatch: A ‘brain drain’ for Chicago police? | Prosecutors allege Michael Madigan helped defeat daughter’s bill | Effort to decriminalize psychedelic plants

Good morning, Chicago. More than 660 Chicago police officers retired and collected their pensions in 2021, according to data from the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago. The number is about double from 2018, when about 350 officers retired and collected their pensions. While CPD leaders said the retirement rate has now stabilized, the Tribune’s Paige Fry spoke to experts who ...
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Reviewing Michael Madigan and ComEd

In the “shortest After Hours show in the history of WGN,” Chicago Tribune Investigative Reporter Ray Long joined Rick Kogan to discuss Michael Madigan. They reviewed Long’s Tribune article detailing Madigan’s push to gain his allies’ ComEd jobs and then briefly highlighted Long’s first book, “The House that Madigan Built: The Record Run of Illinois’ Velvet Hammer”
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Ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Pleads Not Guilty

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is pleading not guilty to federal racketeering and bribery charges. The Chicago Democrat entered the not guilty plea during a telephone court hearing yesterday. Madigan was indicted last week over allegations he led a criminal enterprise designed to enhance his political power and financial well-being while also generating income for his political allies and associates. The longest-serving House speaker in U.S. history resigned from the state house last year.
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