What’s publicly known about federal efforts related to speaker’s political operation stretches back to at least May 2019. Subpoenas or raids have touched lobbyists, legislators, private companies and members of Madigan’s political operation.
Here is how the saga unfolded.
Raid of home of former Ald. Michael Zalewski
FBI raids the Southwest Side residence of former Ald. Michael Zalewski, who at the time was working with House Speaker Michael Madigan to get lobbying work from ComEd.
Raid of City Club offices
Raid of home of 13th Ward political operative Kevin Quinn
Raid of home of lobbyist Mike McClain
JULY 12, 2019
SEPT. 24, 2019
Raid of home and offices of state Sen. Martin Sandoval
OCT. 4, 2019
Subpoena: ComEd and Sandoval communications
OCT. 15, 2019
Exelon CEO resigns
Anne Pramaggiore, CEO of ComEd parent company Exelon, abruptly stepped down after it was revealed the utility’s lobbying practices were under criminal investigation.
OCT. 29, 2019
Madigan makes comments
“I’m not a target of anything,” Madigan told reporters at the Illinois Capitol. In a statement, he called for a review and strengthening of ethics and lobbying laws.
Sources: Feds taped Madigan confidant’s calls
Federal authorities recorded Madigan confidant McClain’s phone calls as part of the investigation into ComEd’s lobbying practices, sources told the Chicago Tribune. One of the sources said the recordings were made as a result of an FBI wiretap on McClain’s cellphone.
Sources: Questions about Madigan
Subpoenas in Merrionette Park and Bridgeview
A pair of federal grand jury subpoenas seeking records from southwest suburban Merrionette Park and Bridgeview named Madigan, his former chief of staff Timothy Mapes, McClain, Marty Quinn and Kevin Quinn. The documents also called for copies of state and federal tax records related to Raymond Nice, a longtime precinct captain in Madigan’s vaunted 13th Ward operation.
Records show Madigan legal spending
Madigan’s main campaign fund paid nearly $462,000 in legal fees in the first three months of 2020 to a law firm that employs former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, campaign finance records show. In the final quarter of 2019, Madigan’s campaign fund paid more than $445,000 for legal fees to different firms, which a Madigan spokeswoman at the time said was to cover the cost of a $275,000 settlement with a former campaign worker, as well as ongoing civil cases and routine staff training.
JULY 17, 2020
U.S. attorney announces ComEd fine
ComEd is paying a $200 million criminal fine as part of a federal investigation into a “yearslong bribery scheme” involving jobs, contracts and payments to allies of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago announced Friday. Additionally, prosecutors asked Madigan’s office for “any and all documents and communications” concerning AT&T, including contracts and correspondence related to the hiring of anyone to provide consulting or lobbying services to the public utility, according to a subpoena the Tribune obtained through an open records request.
JULY 23, 2020
A federal subpoena to Madigan’s office showed investigators were interested in a wide range of information, including dealings with Walgreens and Rush University Medical Center, records related to Madigan’s political organization and private property tax appeals law firm, as well as former state lawmakers and current or former Chicago aldermen.
NOV. 18, 2020
McClain is charged with bribery conspiracy and bribery in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury. Also charged are former ComEd CEO Pramaggiore; lobbyist and former ComEd executive John Hooker, of Chicago; and Doherty, a consultant and former head of the City Club of Chicago.
NOV. 19, 2020
The embattled Illinois House Speaker releases a statement saying that if anyone at ComEd had tried to bribe him, “it was never made known to me.”
DEC. 2, 2020
Madigan confidant, three others plead not guilty
McClain, Pramaggiore, Hooker and Doherty pleaded not guilty to charges they orchestrated an elaborate bribery scheme with Commonwealth Edison to funnel money and do-nothing jobs to Madigan loyalists in exchange for the speaker’s help with state legislation.
JAN. 13, 2021
Madigan ousted as speaker of the House
FEB. 18, 2021
Madigan resigns from Illinois House
Madigan announces his resignation from the Illinois House — effective at the end of February — after representing a Southwest Side district for a half-century, the majority of that time as the powerful speaker, but remains chairman of the state Democratic Party.
Sources: Court documents, news reports and Chicago Tribune reporting