Federal prosecutors marched deeper into House Speaker Michael Madigan’s inside circle Wednesday, charging longtime confidant Michael McClain and ex-ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore in a bribery scheme designed to curry favor with the highly effective Southwest Side Democrat.

Also named in the 50-page indictment are ex-top ComEd lobbyist John Hooker and Jay Doherty, the previous president of the City Club, who was accused of serving to to funnel tons of of 1000’s of {dollars} to a few folks with ties to Madigan’s thirteenth Ward.

All 4 are charged in a doc that additionally makes frequent references to ex-ComEd govt Fidel Marquez, who has already pleaded responsible to bribery. And it repeatedly mentions “Public Official A,” who will not be named — however is clearly recognized as Madigan.

Federal prosecutors marched deeper into House Speaker Michael Madigan’s inside circle Wednesday, charging longtime confidant Michael McClain and ex-ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore in a bribery scheme designed to curry favor with the highly effective Southwest Side Democrat.

Former City Club President Jay Doherty, ex-top ComEd official John Hooker and former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore.
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What it doesn’t do is cost Madigan with any crime, regardless of an intense federal probe that clearly has him in its sights.

Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Lausch, mentioned the investigation that led to Wednesday’s indictment “remains ongoing.” McClain, 73, Pramaggiore, 62, Hooker, 71, and Doherty, 67, are every charged with bribery conspiracy, bribery and willfully falsifying ComEd books and data.

Their protection attorneys vowed Wednesday to combat the newest public corruption case from Lausch’s workplace. Doherty’s lawyer, Michael Gillespie, mentioned his shopper was “very disappointed” and “has done nothing wrong and will plead not guilty.” A spokesperson for Pramaggiore went additional, saying she “unequivocally rejects the government’s charges that she engaged in unlawful behavior.”

And McClain lawyer Patrick Cotter mentioned the case is the “result of a misguided investigation and misapplication of the law, driven by an obvious desire to find some way to criminally implicate a current elected official, who happens to be Mike McClain’s longtime friend.”

The particulars of the brand new indictment observe carefully with these revealed in July when federal prosecutors charged ComEd with bribery in a bombshell case that has continued to reverberate politically in the 4 months which have handed. It prompted a legislative probe of Madigan’s dealings with ComEd, and it has led to questions on whether or not Madigan will be capable to maintain onto energy.

ComEd agreed to pay a $200 million high quality — believed to be the most important prison high quality ever in Chicago’s federal courtroom. And whereas it formally pleaded not responsible in courtroom, it admitted to lots of the feds’ allegations in a so-called deferred prosecution settlement. If ComEd abides by its phrases, the bribery cost filed in July will probably be dismissed.

The new indictment alleges that McClain, Pramaggiore, Hooker and Doherty organized for Madigan’s affiliate and allies to get jobs, contracts and cash — even whereas doing little or no work — “for the purpose of influencing and rewarding” Madigan.

It focuses on the retention of an unnamed regulation agency, the favoring of intern candidates from the thirteenth Ward, Madigan’s try to have former McPier CEO Juan Ochoa appointed to ComEd’s board of administrators and the hiring of different people related with Madigan. It additionally says the 4 would conceal the character of their conduct by referring to Madigan not by identify, however as “our Friend” or “a Friend of ours.”

Federal prosecutors marched deeper into House Speaker Michael Madigan’s inside circle Wednesday, charging longtime confidant Michael McClain and ex-ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore in a bribery scheme designed to curry favor with the highly effective Southwest Side Democrat.

Former lobbyist and Madigan confidant Michael McClain
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The doc alleges funds totaling greater than $2 million between Jan. 27, 2014, and May 3, 2019, had been made to Doherty’s agency, Jay D. Doherty & Associates. Then, it says Doherty made $256,000 in funds to an unnamed particular person recognized by the Sun-Times as former Ald. Frank Olivo, $325,000 in funds to a second unnamed particular person, and $144,000 in funds to a 3rd.

It says potential intern candidates from the thirteenth Ward recognized by McClain didn’t must compete in opposition to the overall intern pool in ComEd’s internship program. They allegedly obtained favorable remedy and didn’t have to satisfy sure tutorial necessities.

It alleged that Pramaggiore signed a false doc in assist of the renewal of a contract for Doherty’s agency, making it falsely appear the big sum of money paid to it was for its “unique insight & perspective to promote ComEd and its business matters.” The indictment additionally expanded on a infamous quote from the ComEd bribery case, in which McClain complained in regards to the retention of the unnamed regulation agency.

He allegedly instructed Pramaggiore and Hooker in an e-mail that, “I know the drill and so do you,” and that “Our Friend will call me and then I will call you. Is this a drill we must go through?”

“I just do not understand why we have to spend valuable minutes on items like this when we know it will provoke a reaction from our Friend,” McClain allegedly wrote.

Contributing: Madeline Kenney

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