‘ComEd Four’ trial: Michael Madigan recordings heard – Crain’s Chicago Business


A series of bombshell recordings, many of which were excerpts of intercepted conversations not disclosed in previous court filings, showed Madigan greatly concerned with getting Lang out of his caucus in 2018 following sexual harassment allegations leveled against Lang earlier that year.

“I think the guy’s going to be a continuing problem,” Madigan said in October 2018 to McClain, his friend for decades and a longtime lobbyist for Commonwealth Edison. “You can understand my position.” Read the full transcript below.

On Nov. 3, 2018, Madigan asked McClain what was happening with Lang. “When do you want me to call Lang and lower the boom on him?” McClain asked him. “Sooner rather than later,” responded Madigan, saying that Lang was planning soon to throw a dinner for incoming freshman Democratic representatives.

McClain, whom prosecutors allege was the middleman between ComEd and Madigan in what they describe as a corrupt bribery scheme to curry favor with Madigan, was heard numerous times in intercepted conversations referring to Madigan as his client rather than the companies who paid him to lobby lawmakers.

“I finally came to peace with that 20 years ago when I convinced myself my client is the speaker,” McClain said in February 2019 to a former Madigan staffer who had become a lobbyist. “My client is not ComEd, it’s not Walgreens.”

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March 16, 2023 at 07:56PM

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