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Feds charge ComEd with bribery, implicate Speaker Madigan

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CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's office says electric utility company 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.

Federal prosecutors announced Friday that ComEd had admitted that it arranged jobs, subcontracted work and monetary payments related to those jobs. That elected official is identified as "Public Official A" in the release. A deferred prosecution agreement for ComEd filed in federal court states that "Public Official A" is the Illinois House Speaker, but Madigan is not mentioned by name.

Madigan's spokesman couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

In court documents, prosecutors say: "From in or around 2011 through in or around 2019, in an effort to influence and reward Public Official A’s efforts, as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, to assist ComEd with respect to legislation concerning ComEd and its business, ComEd arranged for various associates of Public Official A, including Public Official A’s political allies and individuals who performed political work for Public Official A, to obtain jobs, vendor subcontracts, and monetary payments associated with those jobs and A-4 subcontracts from ComEd, even in instances where certain political allies and workers performed little or no work that they were purportedly hired to perform for ComEd."

Additionally: "Between in and around 2011 and 2019, indirect payments made to Public Official A’s associates — who performed little or no work for ComEd — totaled approximately $1,324,500… These payments, like those made indirectly through Company 1, were intended to influence and reward Public Official A in connection with the advancement and passage of legislation favorable to ComEd in the Illinois General Assembly. "

And: "ComEd hired students from Public Official A’s Ward, in part, with the intent to influence and reward Public Official A in connection with Public Official A’s official duties. ComEd acknowledges that the reasonably foreseeable anticipated benefits to ComEd of such legislation exceeded $150,000,000."

In response to these revelations, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider released the following statement:

“The people of Illinois now live in a state where both the Speaker of the House and the Governor are under criminal investigation. Even for a state with a history of corruption, this is unprecedented. Crimes of bribery and tax fraud cannot be tolerated from our elected officials. As we learn more about the bribery investigation into Speaker Madigan and the property tax fraud investigation into Governor Pritzker, our hearts go out to the people of Illinois who are once again left yearning for elected leaders who work for them, not for themselves. The Democratic culture of corruption in Illinois must come to an end.”

"The allegations presented today are troubling and downright depressing. Speaker Madigan needs to speak up on the issue and if the allegations are true, he must resign immediately," Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin said.

Read the deferred prosecution agreement in its entirety here:

Richard Bodee

Richard Bodee is a reporter at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team in June 2019 after graduating from DePaul University with a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism.

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