Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is spending a lot of campaign funds for the legal defense in his federal racketeering case. The Chicago Tribune reports the Southwest Side power broker’s political fund spent four-million-dollars last month on a legal firm defending him. Madigan pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering and bribery charges. He was indicted last month over allegations he led a criminal enterprise designed to enhance his political power and financial well-being while also generating income for his political allies and associates.
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