Chicago City Council votes to ban lobbying by elected leaders

By Ben Szalinski
Chicago’s second round of anti-corruption rules restricts aldermen and city employees from working as lobbyists and stops other elected leaders from lobbying city government for private clients.

TAGS: bribery, Chicago, Chicago City Council, ComEd, corruption, FBI, Illinois General Assembly, John Cullerton, Larry Suffredin, lawmakers, lobbying, lobbyists, Lori Lightfoot, Luis Arroyo, matt o'shea, Michael Zalewski, Michele Smith, Mike Madigan, ordinance, Springfield, Terry Link

How Illinois unions re-gifted member dues to Madigan for sexual harassment settlement

By Austin Berg
So who wants to fund a highly unpopular politician’s sexual harassment settlement on behalf of a disgraced political worker under federal investigation? Executives at Illinois’ largest public-sector labor unions.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Alaina Hampton, Christmas, government unions, Illinois, Illinois General Assembly, Janus v. AFSCME, JB Pritzker, Kevin Quinn, lawsuit, Mike Madigan, PAC, public employee unions, public sector unions, public unions, SEIU: Service Employees International Union, sexual harrassment, Springfield, unions

SEIU member dues fund Madigan campaign’s defense in sexual harassment lawsuit

By Mailee Smith
SEIU’s political action committees gave $113,200 to Friends of Michael J. Madigan – the same election committee the longtime Illinois House speaker used to pay legal fees in a sexual harassment lawsuit against his organization.

TAGS: Alaina Hampton, dues, Illinois, Illinois General Assembly, Illinois State Board of Elections, Mike Madigan, SEIU: Service Employees International Union, sexual harrassment, Springfield