Posted by Curt on 18 July, 2020 at 9:43 am. 2 comments already!


Blaine Traber @ NOQ Report:

CBS Chicago used two journalists, 1695 words, two PDFs, two videos, several interviews, and the news room’s substantial resources to expose a scandal involving Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. In all of this reporting, they mentioned his party affiliation, Democrat, exactly zero times. Here’s the lead-in to the story:

Following months of speculation about a wide-ranging investigation, federal prosecutors have charged ComEd with a years-long bribery scheme involving the company’s arrangement for jobs, contracts, and payments to allies and associates of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

ComEd will pay a $200 million fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement to end the federal probe, admitting it sought to influence “Public Official A” — identified as the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives without using Madigan’s name — by arranging for his allies and people who performed political work for him to obtain jobs, contracts and payments from ComEd between 2011 and 2019.

The scandal itself is really bad and represents exactly what many would classify as textbook political bribery and corruption. Madigan allegedly exchanged political favors for financial considerations that benefited his associates.

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