In closing arguments, feds hammer at ‘stunning’ stream of benefits to Madigan while defense calls bribery charges ‘collateral damage’

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Michael Madigan Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, waits to address lawmakers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. On, Madigan criticized unions for their stance on the state's pension situation and says their proposal for a summit on the matter is "not timely
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A defense attorney for a longtime friend of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan called on a federal jury Monday to “be the shield” between a private citizenand a “very powerful government committed, dedicated and on a mission to get Mike Madigan.”

But federal prosecutors asked that same jury to reject the idea that a “stunning” stream of benefits allegedly delivered to Madigan by that friend and three others amounted to anything other than bribery, albeit not in the traditional cash-in-an-envelope sense. 

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