‘ComEd Four’ trial begins with Madigan references – Chicago Tribune

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The high-profile “ComEd Four” trial started this morning as a federal prosecutor contended the case centered on bribes intended to influence then-House Speaker Michael Madigan, the long-serving Democratic boss who had the power to push or block legislation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the utility.

“In short Madigan wanted, the defendants gave, and the defendants got. It’s that simple,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Streicker said in her opening statement to the jury.

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