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217 Today: Illinois lawmakers facing corruption charges still receive pensions

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan continues to receive his state pension despite being indicted on federal corruption charges.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • An East St. Louis’ early childhood education center could be a model for others across the state.
  • Urbana school officials say they’re considering closing Wiley Elementary at the end of this school year to carry out renovations and address problems with asbestos.
  • Three candidates are running in the Champaign mayoral election in April — one incumbent, one former mayor, and a challenger making his second bid for the office.
  • A union representing graduate student employees at the University of Illinois held its 23rd bargaining session in nearly a year Thursday.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll take a look at why and how former Illinois lawmakers in trouble with the law have kept their pensions.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Will Bauer, Mae Antar, Jim Meadows, Piotr Fedczuk and Dave McKinney. 

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a 2024 graduate of the University of Illinois. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter focusing on police and investigative stories.

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