CHICAGO (WGEM) — Mike McClain, a former Quincy lawmaker, longtime lobbyist and confidant of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, made his first public comment following the discovery of an email written by him suggesting a rape cover-up and ghost workers.
Chicago radio station WBEZ is reporting that McClain told them on Thursday that he had been contacted by federal authorities investigating corruption.
A WBEZ reporter asked McClain if he had been asked by federal authorities to cooperate in the investigation.
"They've asked," he said. When questioned as to whether he was entertaining the idea, he responded, "I'll just say they asked."
The reporter then asked McClain if it would be hard for him "to betray someone like Mike Madigan," McClain said, "It'd be hard to betray myself,"
McClain was also asked how it feels to be a part of a federal investigation.
"You feel isolated. It's not Christmas, I mean, it's been a grueling experience."Mike McClain
The allegations of a rape and cover-up came from the discovery of an email earlier this week written by McClain in 2012.
The email was between McClain and then-Governor Quinn's former Legislative Affairs Liasion, Gary Hannig.
The email shows that McClain asked for leniency in regards to discipline for Quincy resident Forrest Ashby who was working at a Department of Human Services facility for inmates in Rushville, Illinois.
McClain wrote that Ashby, "...is a good compliance person, as I told you... He has kept his mouth shut on Jones' ghost workers, the rape in Champaign and other items. He is loyal to the administration."
In addition the discovery of the email, McClain is also involved in an investigation by the FBI.
According to a November 2019 report by the Chicago Tribune, McClain's Quincy home was wiretapped by federal agents as part of a probe reportedly focused on payments to connected individuals that circumvent lobbying disclosure rules.
The Tribune had also reported in July of 2019 that the FBI had raided McClain's Quincy home in mid-May
The newspaper reported 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 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.
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