Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is charged with 22 counts in a nearly $3 million racketeering and bribery scheme.
The allegations against Madigan accuse him of leading a criminal enterprise for over a decade to gain political power, improve his financial well-being, and generate income for his political allies and associates*. You can read the entire indictment here.
Illinois officials from both sides of the aisle have reacted to the news. Gov. Pritzker said that the indictment should be a “wake up call” to politicians across Illinois. Many officials have called for increased ethics reform in the wake of the indictment.
Madigan has since released a statement stating that he was “never involved in any criminal activity.” Madigan will be arraigned on March 9.
*Madigan’s friend Michael McClain has been named a co-defendant and faces several related charges.
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