Latest Illinois State General Assembly News

ComEd pleads not guilty in alleged influence-peddling scheme

Aug. 5, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Energy utility ComEd pleaded not guilty to bribery at an arraignment Wednesday despite previously admitting wrongdoing in an influence-peddling scheme that also threatens to ensnare Illinois’ most powerful Democrat, state House Speaker Michael Madigan. The not-guilty plea comes after...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2017, file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, looks out over the floor the Illinois House at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery scheme that implicates Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Friday July 17, 2020. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Q&A: What charges might longest serving US speaker face?

Jul. 24, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors recently answered the question about whether Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the nation’s longest serving statehouse speaker, is a subject of a criminal investigation into influence peddling to benefit an energy utility. He is. The looming question now is...

FILE - In this May 23, 2020 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks on his cellphone from his desk during an extended session of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center, in Springfield, Ill. ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery scheme that implicates Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Friday July 17, 2020. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool, File)

Pritzker: Illinois speaker 'must resign' if allegations true

Jul. 17, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan “must resign” if allegations of corruption are true against the fellow Democrat long considered the state’s most powerful lawmaker. Madigan, who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of...

Spokeswoman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he’s “done nothing criminal or improper," will cooperate

Jul. 17, 2020 4:23 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Spokeswoman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he’s “done nothing criminal or improper," will cooperate.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois' House speaker, a fellow Democrat, "must resign” if corruption allegations are true

Jul. 17, 2020 2:14 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois' House speaker, a fellow Democrat, "must resign” if corruption allegations are true.