Four months after Commonwealth Edison admitted to a long-running bribery scheme in Springfield, federal prosecutors on Wednesday issued criminal charges against four former ComEd executives and lobbyists.
The individuals charged in the new indictment in federal court in Chicago included the power company’s former chief executive, Anne Pramaggiore, and Michael McClain – a ComEd lobbyist from Quincy, Ill., who is a close confidante of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago.
In July, ComEd admitted to an illicit, eight-year effort to win Madigan’s favor for electricity rate increases and other lucrative state legislation, funneling consulting payments to a litany of the powerful speaker’s allies for doing little or no work for the state-regulated, public utility giant.
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