Feds File Charge Against ComEd, Implicating Mike Madigan

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”), the largest electric utility in Illinois, has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a years-long bribery scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced Friday.

In doing so, ComEd admits it arranged jobs, vendor subcontracts, and monetary payments associated with those jobs and subcontracts, for various associates of “a high-level elected official for the state of Illinois,” to influence and reward the official’s efforts to assist ComEd with respect to legislation concerning ComEd and its business, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a release.

The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a one-count criminal information Friday charging ComEd with bribery. Under the agreement, the government will defer prosecution on the charge for three years and then seek to dismiss it if ComEd abides by certain conditions, including continuing to cooperate with ongoing investigations of individuals or other entities related to the conduct described in the bribery charge.

ComEd’s admissions regarding the charged conduct are contained in a Statement of Facts attached to the deferred prosecution agreement.  ComEd admitted that its efforts to influence and reward the high-level elected official – identified in the Statement of Facts as “Public Official A” – began in or around 2011 and continued through in or around 2019. 

“Public Official A” in a press release implicates House Speaker Michael Madigan, according to the Sun-Times.