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Quincy home of former Sate Rep, lobbyist raided by FBI

Quincy home of former Sate Rep, lobbyist raided by FBI

4 months, 2 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Chicago Tribune reports raid of Mike McClain's home happened in May

A Chicago newspaper is reporting that the FBI raided the Quincy home of a former Illinois State Representative and lobbyist who's close to House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that the raid of Mike McClain’s home took place in mid-May. That's around the same time the FBI executed search warrants at the homes of two other Madigan associates, former 23rd Ward Chicago Alderman Michael Zalewski and political operative Kevin Quinn. The Tribune writes that it's not clear what agents were looking for when they searched McClain’s home here, but the search warrant indicates that federal investigators are probing connections to possible criminal acts by some in Madigan’s inner circle. The 71-year old McClain, who retired in 2016 after years as a top Capitol lobbyist, declined to comment for the Tribune's story. They write that McClain has known Madigan since the 1970's when they both served in the Illinois House. He then went on to become one of the most powerful lobbyists in Springfield, representing a number of high-profile clients, including ComEd.

The Tribune reports that when the FBI raided Zalewski's home, among the information they were looking for were records of interactions among Madigan, McClain and Zalewski related to attempts to get ComEd lobbying work for Zalewski after he retired last year.

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