Michael Madigan, once the most powerful Dem in Illinois, indicted in corruption probe

CHICAGO, IL- A powerful Illinois politician, former House Speaker Michael Madigan, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on racketeering and bribery charges, Fox 32 in Chicago reports. The indictment stems from allegations that Madigan used his official position to solicit and receive personal financial rewards for both himself as well as associates.

The 79-year-old Chicago native is charged with racketeering conspiracy and individual counts of using interstate facilities in aid of bribery, wire fraud and attempted extortion.

The 22-count indictment charges Madigan of leading a criminal enterprise for nearly 10 years in order to enhance is political power as well as his wallet. It is also alleged he generated income for his political allies and associates.

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