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Republicans push for subpoena of former Quincy lawmaker during Madigan investigation

Quincy - Mike McClain - 01082020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) -- Mike McClain, a former Quincy lawmaker, longtime lobbyist and confidant of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, dodged a subpoena Tuesday during an Illinois House investigative committee meeting.

The investigative committee, which met for the first time Thursday, reconvened on Tuesday to discuss potential misconduct by Madigan related to an alleged bribery scheme with ComEd.

During the meeting, Republican members of the committee hoped to issue a subpoena for McClain and several other key witnesses, but the vote failed without support from Democrats.

Republican members had previously submitted a list of individuals and groups they hoped to hear from throughout the process. That list included many of Madigan's closest allies connected to ComEd, including McClain and former Chicago Alderman Michael R. Zalewski among others.

Although the vote for a subpoena failed, David Glockner, the Executive Vice President of Compliance and Audit for the parent company of ComEd, did confirm significant actions taken by McClain related to the investigation.

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 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.

McClain is also facing allegations of a rape cover-up from the discovery of an email 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.

McClain wrote that Ashby, " 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."

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