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Recent articles by Jason:

Minnesota prosecutors drop charges against R. Kelly

Prosecutors in Minnesota have decided to drop charges against R. Kelly, noting that the disgraced R&B singer has already been sentenced to decades behind bars on two separate federal convictions. → Read More

Sentencing hearings set for January for ‘ComEd Four’ in scheme to bribe Madigan

A federal judge on Friday set sentencing dates in January for the “ComEd Four,” a group of utility executives and lobbyists convicted by a jury earlier in the week in a scheme to bribe ex-House Speaker Michael Madigan. → Read More

After resounding ‘ComEd Four’ verdict, former House Speaker Michael Madigan’s legacy on the line

For Michael Madigan, the once-mighty Democratic House speaker, the issue in his federal racketeering trial next year isn't just guilt or innocence but how he will go down in history. → Read More

Jury reaches verdict in ‘ComEd Four’ trial

The jury has reached a verdict in the “ComEd Four” bribery trial centered on a group of former executives and lobbyists accused of conspiring to bribe then-House Speaker Michael Madigan. → Read More

FBI searched Ald. Jim Gardiner’s text messages amid probe into alleged $5,000 cash payment from developer, court records show

There is no indication in the unsealed documents that Gardiner will be charged in connection with the alleged conduct. → Read More

‘ComEd Four’ jury begins fourth day of deliberations in bribery trial tied to Madigan

After a long weekend, a federal jury has returned Monday for a fourth day of deliberations in the “ComEd Four” trial . → Read More

‘ComEd Four’ jury ends a third day of deliberations and will return Monday

A federal jury deliberated for a third day Thursday without reaching a verdict in the “ComEd Four” trial. → Read More

‘ComEd Four’ jury asks its first question to court as it deliberates bribery case tied to ex-House Speaker Michael Madigan

A federal jury has resumed deliberations in the “ComEd Four” trial alleging a group of executives and lobbyists conspired to bribe then-House Speaker Michael Madigan to win his influence. → Read More

Jury deliberating fate of ‘ComEd Four’ in bribery case tied to Michael Madigan; prosecutors calls payments to speaker a ‘corruption toll’

After nearly seven weeks of evidence and arguments, a federal jury is now deliberating the fate of the “ComEd Four,” a group of executives and lobbyists accused of bribing then-House Speaker Michael Madigan to win his influence over the utility’s legislative agenda in Springfield. → Read More

Defense attorney calls ‘ComEd Four’ bribery case ‘collateral damage’ in feds’ quest to bring down ex-Speaker Michael Madigan

Four executives and lobbyists got together on a scheme to shower then-House Speaker Michael Madigan with a stream of benefits, prosecutors said during closing arguments at the 'ComEd Four' trial. → Read More

Could Michael Madigan be bought? Jurors to weigh central question in ‘ComEd Four’ trial after closing arguments Monday

Lawyers for the ComEd Four defendants have tried to cast doubt by challenging the allegation built into the case that Madigan could be bought. → Read More

Testimony ends in ‘ComEd Four’ bribery trial, with closing arguments expected next week

After six weeks of testimony, the “ComEd Four” bribery trial involving an alleged scheme to bribe House Speaker Michael Madigan is nearing an end. → Read More

Apparent slip-up during ex-ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore cross-examination leads to revelation about interview with feds

The cross-examination of former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore took a dramatic turn Tuesday when she inadvertently opened the door to questions about a 2019 interview with prosecutors. → Read More

‘We weren’t bribing Speaker Madigan’: Ex-ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore back on witness stand in her own defense in ‘ComEd Four’ case

Former Commonwealth Edison CEO Anne Pramaggiore is scheduled to resume testifying in her own defense Monday in the “ComEd Four” bribery trial. → Read More

As ‘ComEd Four’ shifts to defense, FBI wiretaps could prove hard to overcome

The prosecution’s best testimony has come from the defendants’ own mouths, captured in the dozens of wiretapped phone calls and secretly recorded videos. → Read More

Ex-ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore takes stand in own defense, says Speaker Madigan cared most about ‘staying speaker’

Ex-ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore, 64, the theater major from Ohio who rose to become one of the top female executives in the country, sounded Thursday like she could’ve been speaking at a City Club luncheon. → Read More

Former top counsel to Michael Madigan takes witness stand at ‘ComEd Four’ trial after prosecution rests

After 17 days of testimony, prosecutors rested their case outlining allegations that the utility tried to bribe then-House Speaker Michael Madigan, and one defendant, former CEO Anne Pramaggiore, will testify. → Read More

‘I control the contract’: Longtime Madigan precinct captain Ed Moody takes stand in ‘ComEd Four’ bribery trial, says speaker set him up with lobbying deal

A legendary precinct captain for then-House Speaker Michael Madigan took the witness stand Tuesday in the “ComEd Four” bribery trial, telling jurors what it was like going door to door for the speaker. → Read More

‘ComEd Four’ trial delayed by scheduling issue

The prosecution in the "ComEd Four" trial is still expected to wrap up its case sometime this week. → Read More

Legendary Madigan precinct captain expected to give ‘ComEd Four’ jury street-level view of speaker’s vaunted political operation

As someone deeply embedded in Madigan’s organization, Edward Moody could potentially spill insider secrets. → Read More