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FBI raids Quincy home of former state representative and lobbyist

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QUINCY (WGEM) — The Quincy home of former Illinois State Representative Mike McClain was raided by the FBI in mid-May, according to a story published by the Chicago Tribune on Thursday.

The newspaper reported that McClain was one of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s closest confidants and that the raid took place around the same time that the FBI executed search warrants at the homes of Chicago Alderman Michael Zalewski and political operative Kevin Quinn, both of whom were also associates of Madigan.

The report said the search warrant indicates federal investigators were probing connections to possible criminal acts by some of Madigan’s associates.

McClain, a Democrat, was appointed to the Illinois House in 1972 and won re-election four times before he was defeated by Jeff Mays in 1982.

McClain then went on to become one of the most powerful lobbyists in Springfield. He retired from lobbying in 2016.

McClain was a former attorney in Quincy.

A message left by WGEM News at McClain’s home was not immediately returned.

Photo provided by Herald-Whig. Mike McClain in 2016.

Jim Roberts

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