Madigan/McClain tapes play during Thursday’s federal court proceedings

MCCLAIN MADIGAN

Micheal Madigan and Michael McClain

CHICAGO – Michael J. Madigan couldn’t be bothered to call one of his top deputies, who had decades of experience in the legislature, to tell him it was time to step down over a brewing allegation of misconduct that might go public.

So the powerful Illinois House speaker got on the phone with his key emissary, Michael McClain, to talk about longtime state Rep. Lou Lang.

“So when do you want me to call Lang and just lower the boom on him,” McClain said. “Because he’s not getting, he’s not getting it.”

“Sooner rather than later,” Madigan told him.

Turns out, the FBI was listening back in 2018.

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