This week in the highly publicized corruption trial, the four ComEd defendants were found guilty of a nine-count indictment accusing them of conspiracy, bribery, and falsifying documents in an effort to influence then-House Speaker Mike Madigan. In a weeks-long trial, federal prosecutors have successfully proven that the four defendants illegally influenced the former Speaker by arranging lucrative jobs and contracts for Madigan’s political allies and workers.

Senate Republicans are hopeful this case will become a catalyst for changing how business is conducted at the state government level.

Madigan is set to go on trial next year as he is facing a separate federal indictment on racketeering, conspiracy, bribery, and wire fraud charges.

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