CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — After five days of deliberating, the jury has reached a verdict in the case against the “ComEd Four,” against the four people accused of seeking favors for Illinois’ largest electric utility by arranging $1.3 million in contracts and payments for associates of Michael Madigan.
Former Madigan confidant Michael McClain, former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore, former ComEd lobbyist John Hooker and former ComEd consultant Jay Doherty were all found guilty.
Longtime Madigan ally Ed Moody got more than $300,000 between 2012 and 2018 through ComEd’s contracts with various firms. He testified last week that he believed the money was a reward for him to keep doing political work for the Chicago Democrat.
Moody denied doing much work for ComEd, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Defense attorneys tried to diminish Moody’s testimony by suggesting he was trying to please prosecutors and avoid being charged.
All four pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including bribery conspiracy.
Jurors heard a 2019 recorded phone call in which Pramaggiore suggested she wanted to end payments to Madigan’s allies but not until the end of the Legislature’s session.
“We do not want to get caught up in a, you know, disruptive battle where, you know, somebody gets their nose out of joint,” she said.
Madigan was charged in 2022 with racketeering, bribery and other crimes. He’s denied wrongdoing. A year earlier, he resigned from the Legislature as the longest-serving House speaker in modern U.S. history amid speculation that he was a federal target.
The indictment accused Madigan, among other things, of reaping the benefits of private legal work illegally steered to his law firm.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.