Report: House speaker son sought business while fundraising

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (File photo)

CHICAGO (AP) _ A published report says the son of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan invited a suburban mayor to a fundraiser for his father around the time he was trying to convince that suburb’s officials to hire his insurance company.

The Chicago Sun-Times cites an Aug. 27, 2018, email from Andrew Madigan to Alsip Mayor John Ryan inviting him to a $500-a-ticket “Mayors for Speaker Madigan” event. The email came after yearlong discussions about how Alsip might hire Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services, where Andrew Madigan is an executive.

The newspaper previously reported several southwest suburbs were recently targeted by federal agents as part of a wide-ranging probe, including the use Alliant/Mesirow. No charges have been announced.

Ryan declined comment.

Neither Madigan returned calls. The speaker has said his son’s business dealings have nothing to do with his state leadership.
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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/

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