Wednesday, March 2, 2022

"Former Illinois House Speaker...for decades the most powerful politician in the state, was indicted Wednesday on federal racketeering charges"

Chicago Tribune:

The 22-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury comes after a yearslong federal investigation and alleges [he] participated in an array of bribery and extortion schemes from 2011 to 2019 aimed at using the power of his office for personal gain.


As part of the scheme, prosecutors allege that [the former speaker] and his conspirators used "coded language in their discussions" and attempted to "reduce law enforcement's ability to intercept their communications" by meeting in person or using third-party cell phones to communicate. Prosecutors say [the former speaker] was often referred to by ComEd officials as "our Friend," or "a Friend of ours" rather than using his name, in an effort to conceal the scheme.