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Thursday, Mar 30, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Hannah Meisel’s story shows yet again how important it was for the General Assembly to finally mandate lobbyists to disclose their “consultants”

But a little over two weeks after Mapes’ firing, Anne Pramaggiore told one of her most trusted deputies within electric utility ComEd that she kept “thinking about how we can be helpful to him.”

Pramaggiore was less than a week into her new job as CEO of Exelon Utilities – a promotion after six years as CEO of ComEd, where she’d gotten to know Mapes after years of pushing for legislation in Springfield. […]

“I was talking with Anne and she told me that she’s looking at…doing something for the enterprise and governmental stuff and bringing Mapes on,” Hooker told Marquez. “Now Mapes would work with her, cause she says, ‘I wanted to kinda, well let’s pay him but hide his contract in someone else’s.’”

Hooker told Marquez he’d suggested putting him on as a consultant with Mike McClain, a longtime contract lobbyist for ComEd who was also one of Madigan’s closest friends and confidants.

McClain was no longer a registered lobbyist at that time, but, if memory serves, Mapes did eventually land at a lobbying firm as a consultant. Look, hire who you want to hire, but disclose it.

* These guys were relentless

In multiple emails, McClain made it clear that Madigan had inquired repeatedly about making sure that the law firm of Morgan Murphy, a former congressman, would keep getting legal business from ComEd.

A tranche of emails were introduced as McClain pushed for Kathleen Laski, the wife of the former city clerk who went to prison for corruption, to get a position with the utility company even though she didn’t want to work extra hours during storms.

“Kathy doesn’t want to work storm duty?? Really?” a ComEd human resources official wrote in one email, asking who sent her. Marquez wrote back: “Laski came to us from the Speaker.”

* True…


* Also true…


* Rent-a-pastor is an old tradition among utility companies and others…


* Isabel’s roundup…

       

9 Comments
  1. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 30, 23 @ 1:03 pm:

    I am interested in this job you arranged for me, but I don’t want to work OT.

    The entitlement is epic. You also wonder how much more of that was going on in utilities and other entities within the state.


  2. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Mar 30, 23 @ 1:06 pm:

    No surprise what mattered most to the Speaker was organized labor and trial lawyers

    Not the best interests of the taxpaying citizens and the businesses that employ them


  3. - Ogden - Thursday, Mar 30, 23 @ 1:13 pm:

    Honestly, you read all of this and you wonder if we may have been better off under the British.


  4. - Amalia - Thursday, Mar 30, 23 @ 1:16 pm:

    here’s how many hund-derd thousand dollars I want from you. seeing that in a newspaper is sickening.


  5. - Boondockle - Thursday, Mar 30, 23 @ 2:01 pm:

    If that is the case, the recordings of eavesdropped telephone conversations with Madigan and organized labor and the trial lawyers will be some interesting listening at Madigan’s trial next year.


  6. - Demoralized - Thursday, Mar 30, 23 @ 2:29 pm:

    ==and the businesses==

    You in one breath lament what he did and in the next breath say we should be slanted in our concern for businesses, which are an interest group themselves. Pick a lane. It’s ok to favor a group as long as it’s the group you approve of? Again, no surprise coming from someone who is dishonest.


  7. - Pizza Man - Thursday, Mar 30, 23 @ 3:46 pm:

    Question to OW (anyone): If this current case relates to (primarily) Madigan and his stellar ‘alleged’ back-hand moves, why wasn’t he included in this particular case along with the Fab 4?


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 30, 23 @ 3:49 pm:

    - Pizza Man -

    No idea, couldn’t even begin to speculate.

    It does appear that these four and Mapes were part of a bigger plan, hoping all 5 could be part of a cooperating against MJM, but even that is pure speculation.

    Short answer, no clue or idea to any of the thinking.


  9. - Pizza Man - Thursday, Mar 30, 23 @ 4:17 pm:

    Got it, thank you, OW! For sure the Federales know their action plan, and want him solo with McClain for 2024 instead. Mapes to his trial too–good point. (I had forgotten about him) plus AT&T. Overall, things don’t look too good for the defendants.


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