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Michael Madigan’s attorneys seek to toss recordings, dismiss part of his indictment

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan asked a federal judge yesterday to toss secret recordings made by investigators and dismiss part of the bombshell racketeering indictment the feds spent years building against him. 

The more than 100 pages of motions filed in federal court amount to the most substantive response yet from Madigan’s defense attorneys to the aggressive public corruption investigation that swirled around him long before he was indicted in March 2022.

They also offer new context to a secretly recorded August 2014 meeting between Madigan, then-Ald. Danny Solis, a hotel developer and a secret government informant. The Chicago Sun-Times exposed details of that recorded meeting in January 2019 in a report that first revealed the feds’ interest in the powerful Southwest Side Democrat.

Though Madigan did not appear to cross any legal lines in that meeting, Madigan’s attorneys painted it Tuesday as the starting point of the feds’ lengthy pursuit of Madigan — and wrongly so, they say.

The motions are reminiscent of those filed by defense attorneys for indicted Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), whose separate racketeering case was built in part on evidence gathered by Solis. U.S. District Judge Robert Dow denied those motions in June.

Yesterday’s election night deadline for Madigan’s attorneys to file the new motions was set in January by U.S. District Judge John Blakey,

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