Legal professionals for former Illinois Home Speaker Michael Madigan and an in depth confidant get to spend the following 4 months sifting by the mountain of proof gathered in the course of the feds’ years-long investigation of the Southwest Facet Democrat.
In the meantime, prosecutors are mum on whether or not they plan to ultimately increase upon final month’s bombshell racketeering indictment of Madigan and ally Michael McClain.
That was the upshot of the primary transient standing listening to in Madigan’s case Friday earlier than U.S. District Decide John Blakey. The choose set the following listening to within the case for Aug. 2 — a bit greater than a month earlier than McClain is ready to go to trial together with three others in a associated case.
Madigan and McClain pleaded not responsible final month earlier than a Justice of the Peace choose.
Friday’s listening to befell by phone, and Blakey didn’t require Madigan or McClain to take part. Blakey informed the attorneys he had walled off one in every of his legislation clerks from the case due to her earlier work on the Katten legislation agency, which represents Madigan. The choose, a former prosecutor, additionally requested the attorneys to ensure he didn’t in some way, indirectly, play a task within the prolonged investigation that led to Madigan’s indictment.
The attorneys stated they don’t anticipate it to be a problem.
The feds stated that they had begun handy over proof to the protection groups. The outline of that proof from Assistant U.S. Legal professional Amarjeet Bhachu ranged from “fairly voluminous” to “very voluminous.”
Protection attorneys may have till the listening to on Aug. 2 to assessment it.
Then, when Blakey requested bluntly whether or not prosecutors intend to increase the case towards Madigan with a superseding indictment, Bhachu informed the choose he “wouldn’t be capable to communicate to that immediately.”
Madigan’s indictment alleges he and McClain sought jobs, contracts and cash for Madigan’s associates from ComEd between 2011 and 2019, and that Madigan took official motion to assist ComEd move favorable laws.
These allegations are additionally at situation within the separate case wherein McClain and others are set to face trial Sept. 12.
However the brand new indictment towards Madigan additionally alleged different schemes involving former longtime Ald. Danny Solis (twenty fifth). The Chicago Solar-Instances revealed Solis’ cooperation with federal investigators in January 2019.
Madigan’s indictment alleges he agreed to assist Solis land a spot on a state board paying at the least $93,926 a 12 months after Solis’ retirement from the Metropolis Council. Throughout a gathering Aug. 2, 2018, Madigan allegedly informed Solis he would assist Solis land the spot by going to J.B. Pritzker, recognized within the indictment because the then “future Governor of the State of Illinois.”
Madigan allegedly informed Solis, “You’d are available in as [Pritzker’s] suggestion.”
Madigan and Pritzker met on Dec. 4, 2018, based on the indictment. However U.S. Legal professional John Lausch has confused “there’s no allegation” in Madigan’s indictment “towards the governor or his employees.” A Pritzker spokeswoman stated the governor doesn’t recall Madigan ever asking him to contemplate Solis for any place.
The indictment additionally alleged Madigan agreed to assist with the switch of a Chinatown property from the state to the town of Chicago, to assist clear the way in which for a developer’s proposal, in trade for enterprise for his agency, Madigan & Getzendanner.
Data present the federal investigation that led to Madigan’s indictment dates again to 2014. Madigan had held his seat within the Illinois Home of Representatives since 1971 and served as speaker for all however two years between 1983 and 2020. He lastly gave up the gavel in 2021 amid the burgeoning ComEd scandal.
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