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Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, talks to reporters on the House floor, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Springfield, Ill. Welch, chairman of the Special Investigating Committee probing allegations of misconduct by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, has delayed further hearings until after the Nov. 3, 2020, election. Madigan is implicated in a decade-long bribery scheme to which utility giant ComEd has admitted in a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department. Madigan has not been charged with a crime and denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/John O’Connor)

Madigan probe delayed until after election; GOP objects

Oct. 6, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Democratic chairman of an Illinois House committee investigating alleged misconduct by Speaker Michael Madigan has postponed further hearings until after the election. Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch of Hillside accused Republicans on the committee of “wearing...

Group challenges amendment language of graduated tax plan

Oct. 5, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A group aligned with the Republican Party filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the language of a proposed Illinois constitutional amendment that creates a graduated-rate income tax. The Illinois Policy Institute contends in the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court that the explanation...

FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois House Republicans have moved to form a special investigative committee on Speaker Madigan, who has been implicated in a federal bribery investigation. Republicans petitioned to form the committee this week, saying Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, that the House must

As committee bickers over subpoenas, Madigan faces challenge

Oct. 1, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican members of a committee investigating influence-peddling at the state Capitol insisted Thursday that subpoenas be issued to reluctant witnesses they want to question, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, the focus of the probe. Reps. Tom Demmer of Dixon, Deanne...

David Glockner, Commonwealth Edison executive vice president for compliance and audit, testifies during the House Special Investigating Committee II hearing at the William G. Stratton Building in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The committee is looking into House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in a bribery scandal involving utility giant Commonwealth Edison. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Former ComEd vice president pleads guilty in bribery scheme

Sep. 29, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former ComEd vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in what prosecutors say was a long-running bribery conspiracy in which the energy utility sought legislative support from one of Illinois’ most powerful Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Fidel Marquez, who headed...

Madigan says he won't testify before special committee

Sep. 25, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, in Friday letter, said he won’t testify before a special committee looking into his conduct in connection with a utility’s alleged bribery scheme designed to curry favor with the Democrat. The committee formed at the request of...

Illinois lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19, quarantines

Sep. 21, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

ROUND LAKE BEACH, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Monday. State Rep. Sam Yingling tested positive last week and has been quarantined at his home in Grayslake, his office said a statement. The 40-year-old Democrat experienced significant sinus...

Parties dispute how far feds will let Madigan probe go

Sep. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. attorney investigating a state government bribery scandal that implicates the longtime House speaker on Thursday OK'd a separate probe by a House committee, but Democrats and Republicans don't agree one how far it can go. The chairman of the special investigating...

FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo, former Illinois Sen. Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, is seen at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Link pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept, 16, 2020 to tax evasion in federal court. The Democrat, who resigned last week, had been in office since 1997. He's the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government's ongoing criminal investigations into public corruption. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to federal tax charge

Sep. 16, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former longtime Illinois state Sen. Terry Link pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal tax charge. The Democrat, who resigned last week, had been in office since 1997. He’s the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government’s ongoing criminal investigations into...

Illinois legislator hit with federal tax charge resigns

Sep. 11, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois state Sen. Terry Link, who was hit last month with federal charge of filing a false income tax return for 2016, announced his resignation Friday after 24 years in the Legislature. Link’s resignation, which goes into effect Saturday, garnered a brief reaction from Illinois...

FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois House Republicans have moved to form a special investigative committee on Speaker Madigan, who has been implicated in a federal bribery investigation. Republicans petitioned to form the committee this week, saying Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, that the House must

GOP leader files charge against longtime Illinois speaker

Sep. 10, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The top Republican in the Illinois House filed a breach of public trust charge Thursday against Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan, the longest-serving legislative leader in U.S. history, as a special committee began investigating Madigan's alleged role in a decade-long bribery...