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Power Players

The federal investigation into ComEd and Illinois politicians.

In March 2022, former Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, one of Illinois’ most powerful politicians, was indicted on federal charges of bribery and racketeering, part of a multiyear sprawling investigation into political corruption. At the heart of the investigation is Commonwealth Edison, the state’s largest utility. In July 2020, the company admitted it gave contracts to Madigan’s political allies in exchange for favorable government actions, including the passage of laws favorable to ComEd’s business interests. A handful of former top ComEd executives and lobbyists have been indicted in the scheme. The 22-count indictment against Madigan alleged that he ran “The Madigan Enterprise,” enriching himself and his associates through bribery and attempted extortion at the expense of taxpayers and public confidence in government. Madigan denies the charges.

Follow all of WBEZ’s groundbreaking coverage on the Madigan and ComEd scandal here and check back for updates.