© 2024 WSIU Public Broadcasting
WSIU Public Broadcasting
Member-Supported Public Media from Southern Illinois University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

State Week: Guilty on all counts

State Week logo (capitol dome)
Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

The former CEO of Commonwealth Edison and three former lobbyists for the utility were found guilty this week in what prosecutors described as a bribery scheme to gain favor with ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The jury convicted former CEO Anne Pramaggiore along with Jay Doherty, Mike McClain and John Hooker. After weeks of testimony, the verdicts came down Tuesday.

One juror said they were unconvinced by defense arguments that that happened was "business as usual" in government.

While the cases will likely be appealed, it remains unclear how the outcome could affect Madigan's trial, which is set for next year.

We recap the trial and look ahead with our panel featuring host Sean Crawford, Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and the Chicago Tribune's Ray Long, who covered the trial and authored the book "The House That Madigan Built."

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
As a WSIU donor, you don’t simply watch or listen to public media programs, you are a partner. By making a gift, you help WSIU produce, purchase, and broadcast programs you care about and enjoy – every day of the year.