Tribune: Former Chicago alderman made audio and video recordings of Madigan for Feds

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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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With a sprawling political corruption investigation drawing ever closer to former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Tribune has learned that a Chicago alderman cooperating with the government secretly made audio and video recordings of the once-powerful politician on a variety of topics.

Then-25th Ward Ald. Daniel Solis recorded Madigan on numerous occasions as the speaker allegedly sought business for his private law firm, two sources with knowledge of the probe said.

Among their discussions was a plan to turn a state-owned parcel of land in Chinatown into a commercial development. Though the land deal never was consummated, it’s been a source of continued interest for federal investigators, who last year subpoenaed Madigan’s office for records and communications he’d had with key players. At least one of them recently appeared before the grand jury investigating Madigan’s political operation, sources told the Tribune.

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