QUINCY (WGEM) — A Quincy man and longtime confidant of House Speaker Michael Madigan had his phone tapped by federal investigators, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.
Mike McClain, a former lawmaker turned lobbyist for Com-Ed and Madigan friend, also had his Quincy home raided in May.
The Tribune reports the FBI tapped McClain’s phone, something that requires proof of a specific crime, as part of a probe reportedly focused on payments to connected individuals that circumvent lobbying disclosure rules.
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.
Photo provided by Herald-Whig. Mike McClain in 2016.