Telephone giant AT&T has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors amid a widening criminal probe encircling House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political operation, a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Chicago Tribune. The subpoena, delivered earlier this year by the U.S. attorney’s office, is part of an inquiry into whether companies improperly used a stable of consultants with ties to the longtime House speaker as they pushed for legislation in Springfield.
H/T: Chicago Tribune
“It always felt like a fait accompli,” said Abe Scarr, director of Illinois PIRG. “They just had the whole thing bottled up. There was no stopping them.”
“They are old-school, and they know how to pull the levers of power,” Scarr added.
“Like all companies, from time to time we are required by law to provide information to government and law enforcement agencies,” a statement released by AT&T read. “As always, we cooperate with their fact gathering process.”
Federal investigators are now looking into AT&Ts dealings with Illinois house speaker Michael Madigan.https://t.co/2k9KEm4RdP— WGNMorningNews (@WGNMorningNews) July 23, 2020
That Federal investigation just keeps getting better and better! @GovPritzker @JBPritzker is going to #prison! Couldn’t happen to a more deserving asshole. Pay to play politics from the same guy who tried to buy a senate seat! Shocker! #ByeByeAssholehttps://t.co/Q3wxPJhW52— ConservativePatriot (@Conserv59189060) July 22, 2020
Just before 7 a.m. Friday, only a few hours before federal authorities took the wraps off their big investigation of Commonwealth Edison and House Speaker Mike Madigan, the doorbell rang at the home of state Rep. Theresa Mah. @MarkBrownCST writes why — https://t.co/NIPuimWWSw— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) July 22, 2020
Madigan subpoena shows far reach of federal investigation https://t.co/2aLlaHVXtk— Foxylady (@balgrp1) July 22, 2020
Pritzker defends Madigan-backed hire to oversee ComEd https://t.co/4QGDHi1aIg— Tony Peraica (@tonyperaica) July 23, 2020
And in Illinois, utility giant ComEd admitted to engaging in bribery to burnish its image with longtime (like, since before-personal-computers-were-a-thing longtime) House Speaker Michael Madigan. Prosecutors sent grand jury subpoenas to Madigan's offices: https://t.co/svqTGyOhxU— Cezary Podkul (@Cezary) July 22, 2020
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is implicated in a deferred prosecution agreement that has ComEd paying a $200 million fine. Prosecutors allege Madigan demanded lucrative jobs, contracts and a seat on ComEd’s board for his political cronies. https://t.co/53dp4l37aW— Jen Shea (@jenmshea7) July 23, 2020