Former Illinois president Michael Madigan’s racketeering trial set for April 2024 – NBC Chicago
Former Illinois President Michael J. Madigan’s long-awaited racketeering trial is set for April 1, 2024.
A trial expected to last six to seven weeks was scheduled for a summary status hearing on Madigan before U.S. District Judge John Blakey on Monday.
It’s been nearly a year since a federal grand jury indicted Madigan and her longtime confidante, Michael McClain. The indictment was the result of an aggressive year-long public corruption investigation that led to charges against former ComEd CEO Ann Pramaggiore, former ComEd lobbyist John Hooker and former City Club President Jay Doherty.
Madigan has been accused of running a “criminal enterprise” for nearly a decade designed to bolster his political power and make money for his allies and associates. He ended his record-breaking tenure as speaker of the Illinois House two years ago amid controversy.
His trial will be Dirksen’s largest public corruption trial in a federal court since the trials of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
In October, the feds expanded their racketeering conspiracy case against Madigan and McClain, alleging they worked with former Illinois AT&T Chairman Paul LaSchiazza to pay the former representative $22,500. state Rep. Edward Acevedo tried to sway Madigan in favor of the company.
McClain will also stand trial in March along with Pragajore, Hooker and Doherty. The lengthy trial before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber could be a foreshadowing of Madigan’s trial, as it focuses on the same group’s efforts to influence the speaker featured in Madigan’s indictment. Madigan.
A Chicago federal court has struggled to catch up this year after long delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Timothy Mapes, Madigan’s former chief of staff, and Chicago Alderman, who are accused of perjury, are also expected to stand trial this year. Edward M. Burke (14th), charged with racketeering.
The Burke and Madigan lawsuits are each expected to feature testimony from former Chicago Ald. Danny Solis (25th), who agreed to cooperate with the Feds after he was confronted with evidence of his wrongdoing.
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