Did you know that ComEd has admitted to engaging in a bribery scheme implicating Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan? In an NPR news release dated July 20, 2020 titled:
“Breaking Down The ComEd Patronage Scandal — And What's Next For Michael Madigan”
NPR confirmed other reports that “utility giant Commonwealth Edison [ComEd] admitted to engaging in bribery to burnish its image with Madigan as it looked to advance a high stakes Springfield agenda.”
Did you know that One Central, Michael Madigan, and ComEd share a common connection?
Did you know that Heather Wier Vaught, Madigan’s former legal counsel, who lobbied for ComEd and was described as part of Madigan’s “inner circle,” is also chief lobbyist for One Central and its Wisconsin developer Bob Dunn?
Did you know the Chicago Tribune reports that the federal investigation is expanding beyond ComEd, and includes ATT and other companies that used consultants with ties to Speaker Madigan?
Chicago Tribune reports on June 20, 2020 that AT&T and ComEd had many of the same former Madigan staffers and state representatives on their employment rosters.
“The [ATT] subpoena… is part of an inquiry into whether companies improperly used a stable of consultants with ties to the longtime House speaker as they pushed for legislation in Springfield.” This included Madigan’s former legal counsel Heather Wier Vaught.
Did you know that One Central’s Bob Dunn and Heather Weir Vaught lobbied Madigan for billions in taxpayer hand-outs to subsidize One Central, and that the funding was slipped into a State spending plan “under the cover of darkness” in the waning hours of the legislative session?
Chicago Sun-Times (6/6/19) published an article: “Lightfoot reads the riot act to One Central Developers” stating in part:
“[Mayor Lightfoot is] not happy with the way Landmark Development is running roughshod over elected officials and the neighboring residents they represent.”
“She doesn’t like the fact that developer Bob Dunn went to Springfield ‘under cover of darkness’ to slip authorization for” billions of tax dollar subsidies for a One Central transit hub that no one has asked for or needs. “Lightfoot accused Dunn of going around local elected officials.”
In a letter dated May 31, 2019—the date the General Assembly was forced to authorize up to $6.5 billion* to Bob Dunn, Sens. Mattie Hunter and Robert Peters, and Reps. Kam Buckner and Lamont Robinson said:
“As representatives of this district, we should have been notified about a project that affects thousands of our constituents.” The lawmakers cited SLCC’s petition of over 1,000 signatures objecting to various aspects of One Central.
*NPR reported on 6/19/19 “Local lawmakers, who had been talking to South Loop constituents about a host of One Central concerns, said they were left out of the process. ‘I kept thinking, “There's gonna be a bill, there's gonna be a bill,“’ freshman state Sen. Robert Peters said. No bill. Instead, in a highly unusual move, the One Central language was added to the budget implementation bill, a must-pass technical device used to fund all of state government. ‘Which then meant there's no way I could vote yes or no’ on One Central, Roberts said.”