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Report: FBI raids former Quincy legislator, lobbyist's home

Mike McClain
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 18, 2019 3:10 pm

QUINCY -- A Chicago newspaper is reporting that a former state legislator from Quincy, who has been described as "the most trusted and respected lobbyist in Springfield" and is widely known to be a confidant of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan had his home raided by the FBI.

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday the raid of Mike McClain's home took place in mid-May, which the newspaper said occurred about the same time the FBI executed search warrants at the homes of Chicago Alderman Michael Zalewski and political operative Kevin Quinn -- both Madigan associates.

The Tribune said it was unclear what agents were looking for, but the search warrant indicates federal investigators were "probing connections to possible criminal acts by some in Madigan's inner circle."

Reached by The Herald-Whig on Thursday, McClain declined to comment.

McClain, a Democrat, was first appointed to the Illinois House in 1972 after the death of his father. He won re-election four times before he was defeated in 1982 by Jeff Mays, a Quincy Republican. It was the first election after the Cutback Amendment eliminated multi-seat legislative districts.

During his time in the House, McClain became a close friend of Madigan's, a Chicago Democrat and fellow legislator who became speaker in 1983 and has held that title for all but two years since. The two have remained close, both professionally and personally.

McClain, 71, retired from lobbying in 2016 after he represented several high-profile clients, including ComEd, the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Walgreens.

The Tribune reported last month that the FBI raided Quinn's Chicago home in mid-May. Quinn, a former aide to Madigan, was removed from that role by the speaker in early 2018 as the result of a sexual harassment scandal.

Last week, the Tribune reported that the FBI raided Zalewski's home seeking interactions among Madigan, McClain and Zaleski in connection with attempts to get ComEd lobbying work for Zalewski after he retired in 2018, a law enforcement source told reporters.

ComEd later confirmed that it received a federal grand jury subpoena "requiring production of information concerning its lobbying activities in the state of Illinois."

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