Madigan pleaded not guilty to the latest charge, not attending his own arraignment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has pleaded not guilty to the latest charge added to his list.

Attorneys for Michael Madigan entered not guilty pleas at a hearing Tuesday in Chicago. That indictment centered on the newest charge Madigan is facing — allegations of a conspiracy in which Madigan took money from AT&T Illinois and in return pushed legislation to benefit the company.

Last month, federal prosecutors charged Madigan with conspiring with AT&T after the company admitted paying Madigan and agreed to pay a $23 million fine.

Madigan did not appear in court for the arraignment. A federal judge granted a request by Madigan’s lawyers to waive his right to be present at the trial. Madigan has largely avoided the public eye since his indictment last spring. The original 22 indictments allege that Madigan solicited bribes in the form of money and jobs for allies at the Northern Illinois power company Commonwealth Edison in exchange for favorable legislation.

During his first arraignment, the trial was held remotely, and Madigan remained silent during the phone call.

Madigan’s longtime confidant Michael McClain is also charged with conspiracy following the revelations surrounding AT&T. McClain also pleaded not guilty.

Madigan’s next court date is set for November 17.

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