Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Indicted for Bribery and Racketeering

CHICAGO (AP)  Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, for decades one of the nation’s most powerful state legislators, has been slapped with a massive federal indictment for racketeering and bribery. Charging documents unsealed Wednesday accuse the 79-year-old Chicago Democrat of 22 counts of leading a criminal enterprise whose purpose was to enhance the political power and financial well-being of Madigan and his allies. With the indictment, Madigan becomes the most prominent politician swept up in a series of raids targeting Illinois Democrats. Until earlier this year, Madigan was the longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history.

Associated Press (3-2-22)