Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he heard positive feedback and support from fellow Democrats after facing calls that he resign in the wake of a corruption scandal.
The federal investigation into ComEd and Illinois politicians.
Utility giant Commonwealth Edison and its parent company, Exelon, are at the center of a sprawling federal corruption investigation. WBEZ’s Government & Politics Team has revealed the feds are probing whether the companies hired politically-connected contractors and employees – some of whom did little or no work – in exchange for favorable government actions, including electricity rate hikes. It’s just one of several federal probes that have reverberated through Illinois government in recent months that WBEZ is following.
Following the latest developments here.
The political corruption scandal engulfing ComEd takes center stage at a Chicago City Council hearing on the city’s contract with the power company.
Power-company executives looked to add “context” to accounts of their Springfield bribery scandal at a meeting with Illinois utilities regulators Wednesday.
During ComEd’s eight-year bribery scheme, the company won two lucrative bills — and customers across northern Illinois are paying for it.
House Speaker and Democratic Party boss Michael Madigan has been investigated by the feds before — and emerged unscathed. Here’s why this time could be different.
The subpoena, dated Friday, is a veritable who’s who of the federal probe, but names new major institutions.
ComEd Charged With Bribery For Steering Jobs, Other Benefits For Speaker Michael Madigan. Speaker Denies The Feds’ Claims.
As ComEd pays $200 million fine, Speaker Madigan has denied wrongdoing. “He has never made a legislative decision with improper motives,” a spokeswoman said.
The political corruption scandal at Illinois’ largest electric utility has Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot thinking hard about renewing the city’s contract with ComEd.
ComEd’s payments to Jenner & Block spiked as federal prosecutors investigated the company’s ties to Illinois politicians.
Speaker’s top aide and utility’s chief advocate in Springfield discussed finding jobs at the power company for former aides.