By Gary Parker, The Chicago Times
August 3, 2022
CHICAGO – Disgraced former Democrat Illinois House Speaker Michael “Apples” Madigan and co-defendant Michael McClain were granted an extension in their racketeering trail until next year to allow defense attorneys to review evidence disclosed by prosecutors.
US District Judge Robert Blakey set a February 1 deadline for the filing of pretrial motions in an attempt to limit the number of times Madigan’s defense team would need to ask for extensions. A status hearing is set for January 9.
In March, Madigan, 79, was charged along with McClain, 74, in a 22-count indictment in which they allegedly conspired in an array of bribery and extortion schemes from 2011-2019. The most notable scheme involved an alleged scam to divert payments from ComEd to a member of Madigan’s political cronies for influence. Madigan and McClain have pleaded not guilty.