CHICAGO – A federal grand jury in Chicago today indicted former Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives MICHAEL J. MADIGAN on racketeering and bribery charges for allegedly using his official position to corruptly solicit and receive personal financial rewards for himself and his associates.
The 22-count indictment accuses Madigan of running a criminal enterprise for nearly a decade whose purpose was to enhance Madigan’s political power and financial well-being while generating revenue for his allies and political associates. The charges allege that Madigan, who served as president and held a number of other roles, including representative for Illinois’ 22nd district, committee member for Chicago’s 13th precinct, chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois and the 13th District Democratic Organization, and partner of the Chicago law firm Madigan & Getzendanner, used those positions to advance the criminal enterprise’s goals. The indictment alleges that Madigan directed the activities of his close friend – co-defendant MICHAEL F. MCCLAIN – and that McClain conducted unlawful activities at Madigan’s behest. Madigan and McClain allegedly caused various businesses, including utility company Commonwealth Edison, to make monetary payments to Madigan associates as rewards for their loyalty to Madigan, sometimes in return for performing little or no legitimate work for them. businesses.
Madigan, McClain and other company members allegedly illegally solicited benefits from companies and other private parties. The indictment accuses Madigan of engaging in multiple schemes to reap the benefits of private legal work illegally directed to his law firm, including the legal work of those with cases before the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago.
Madigan, 79, of Chicago, is charged with racketeering conspiracy and individual counts of using interstate facilities for bribery, wire fraud and attempted extortion. McClain, 74, of Quincy, Illinois, is charged with racketeering conspiracy and individual counts of using interstate facilities for bribery and wire fraud.
Indictments in the U.S. District Court in Chicago have yet to be scheduled.
The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago field office; and Justin Campbell, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigations Division in Chicago. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amarjeet S. Bhachu, Diane MacArthur, Timothy J. Chapman, Sarah E. Streicker, Michelle Kramer and Julia Schwartz.
“Corruption by an elected official and his associates undermines public confidence in our government,” U.S. Attorney Lausch said. “The indictment alleges a long-term, multi-faceted scheme to use public positions for unlawful private gain. Rooting out and prosecuting the type of corruption alleged in the indictment will always be a top priority for this office.
“Our elected officials take an oath to perform the duties of their office,” FBI SAC Buie said. “When they dishonor that oath, it erodes the trust we have in our officials to do the right thing for our communities, and the FBI and its partners stand ready to root out corruption at all levels of government.”
“IRS Criminal Investigation provides financial investigative expertise in our work with our law enforcement partners,” said IRS-CI SAC Campbell. “Our distinctive expertise in following the money trail in this type of case shows that our agency is committed to rooting out public corruption. Today’s indictment underscores our commitment to this work in a collaborative effort to promote honest and ethical government at all levels, and to prosecute those who violate the public trust.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not proof of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which the government bears the burden of proving their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If found guilty, the court must impose reasonable sentences under federal sentencing laws and US sentencing guidelines.