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Ethics Commission Will Review Madigan's Intervention On Behalf Of Friend


The Legislative Ethics Commission will launch a formal review of whether Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan violated any rules when he tried to help an associate get a pay raise from the Chicago mass transit agency Metra.

 

Madigan requested the investigation, saying he did nothing wrong when he wrote that letter on behalf of Patrick Ward.  Ward had been a friend and backer of Madigan's for years... and was already receiving a pension from the City of Chicago in addition to his Metra salary when Madigan sought the raise for him.

 

Madigan later withdrew the letter after the CEO of Metra objected, but that official now claims that he was ousted because he resisted political pressure from bigwigs like Madigan.

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