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Madigan has spent $1.2 million on legal fees since fall 2017

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019

* A couple of civil suits, a sexual harassment case and a possible federal investigation can do this to you

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s principal political committee has spend a whopping $1.2 million in legal bills since fall 2017, according to state campaign finance reports.

The majority of those costs was paid to Chicago law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. The most recent quarterly financial report, filed on July 15, showed Madigan’s political committee paid that firm $140,564 for “legal fees.”

In total, Friends of Madigan paid $284,260 in legal fees between April 1, 2019, through June 30, 2019.

The actual number appears to be $1.183 million.

By comparison, a Board of Elections search found that Madigan’s personal committee reported spending no money on legal fees between 1/1/2016 and 7/1/2017. He’s spent $1.3 million on legal fees and services since December of 2002.

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- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments
  1. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:17 am:

    Sometimes it isn’t good to be king.


  2. - Not a Billionaire - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:22 am:

    It’s why I teetered between wait and see and he gone.
    I rather doubt those who were raided can afford those legal fees and cut deals. No special insight but that seems to be how the Feds operate and it sure looks like they think they can get him.


  3. - Steve - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:34 am:

    That’s a lot money for what MJM has to waste his time on.


  4. - Birdseed - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 11:39 am:

    Maybe part of that sum is for challenging his real estate taxes. /s


  5. - Anon - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 12:22 pm:

    And also interesting is if the increased expenditures coincide with the timing of his daughter’s decision not to run for re-election?


  6. - Powdered Whig - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 12:28 pm:

    === And also interesting is if the increased expenditures coincide with the timing of his daughter’s decision not to run for re-election? ===

    Tinfoil hat alert!!!


  7. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 12:29 pm:

    ===the timing of his daughter’s decision===

    Kass? Is that you? /s


  8. - Anon - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 12:49 pm:

    ===Kass? Is that you? /s===
    Touché, lol


  9. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 12:54 pm:

    ===Kass? Is that you? /s===

    Restaurant Quality.

    The layers to that… lol

    To the Post,

    The beginning of the Post is the most telling than anything that is currently happening, or at least since May;

    ===A couple of civil suits, a sexual harassment case and a possible federal investigation can do this to you…===

    Big picture. Lots going on.


  10. - Threat level midnight - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 12:55 pm:

    I know a person who bundles a small amount of minors each year for speaker madigan. every year his clients tell him that they don’t want to contribute to the speaker because they have never even met him. for those who lobby, you know its not unusual to have a client meet with any of the other three caucus leaders, yet the speaker meets with nobody. the only time they see the speaker is at the fundraising events. each of them, independently, says that they get a very strange vibe from the speaker. they never feel like he hears them when they speak about issue important to their companies. with all of this going on, and confirming their suspicions about the speaker, which clients are going to want to write checks to his campaign account this year? Maybe this explains why the speaker was stockpiling campaign money over the past couple of years. gross.


  11. - Powdered Whig - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:19 pm:

    === bundles a small amount of minors ===

    What does this mean?


  12. - Threat level midnight - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 1:34 pm:

    sorry, spell check obviously felt that “donors” should really have been “minors.” My mistake.


  13. - A guy - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 4:05 pm:

    $1.2 Million; it’s one target race. I sure it’s one in my neck of the woods.


  14. - Been There - Tuesday, Jul 16, 19 @ 7:30 pm:

    ===yet the speaker meets with nobody. the only time they see the speaker is at the fundraising events. each of them, independently, says that they get a very strange vibe from the speaker. they never feel like he hears them when they speak about issue important to their companies. with all of this going on, and confirming their suspicions about the speaker, which clients are going to want to write checks to his campaign account this year? ====
    Wait a minute. The speaker does not want to speak about goverment business at a fundraiser and you think that is gross? I think that is smart business and the feds would probably agree


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