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October 20, 2014, 4:46 am
970 WMAY News

Interim Legislature IG May Have Conflicts of Interest

The interim inspector general for the Illinois legislature may have conflicts of interest involving several top lawmakers.


970 WMAY’s watchdog partner, the Better Government Association, found that Bill Roberts represented House Speaker Mike Madigan a decade ago during a federal investigation into whether Madigan misspent state funds. That probe was closed in 2005 with no charges filed.


Roberts is a managing partner in the law firm Hinshaw and Culbertson, which received $40,000 from committees controlled by Madigan. That firm also made political donations to other top lawmakers, including Senate President John Cullerton and Senate GOP leader Christine Radogno.


Lawmakers say Roberts… a former U.S. Attorney and one-time aide to Republican governor Jim Edgar… is fair and impartial.

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