The entire Democratic establishment in Chicago is on high alert after the latest raids by the FBI and a new round of subpoenas.
Stunning even hardened cynics of Illinois politics, the entire Democratic organization of a Chicago suburb was subpoenaed in an ongoing corruption probe.
Some individuals have already been indicted and people are expecting more heads to roll. This goes all the way to the top no doubts.
The Chicago Tribune reported that FBI agents who raided the village hall in southwest suburban Lyons last month seized a plethora of evidence, including information on a clout-heavy red light camera company, a popular brewery, an embattled video gaming magnate and a construction magnate who owns a huge quarry in town, records show.
On the day of the raid in Sept. 26, Lyons was also served with a federal grand jury subpoena demanding a wide range of records on a hotel and resort backed by Mayor Christopher Getty, the home security system at Getty’s residence and the entire Democratic Organization of Lyons Township — headed by state Sen. Steven Landek.
The documents, released by Lyons on Tuesday, were the latest public disclosure in a sprawling federal political corruption investigation that has rocked Springfield and Chicago’s near southwestern suburbs, the traditional power base of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.
The investigation, which records show has been going on behind the scenes since at least 3 years ago, exploded in the public eye on Sept. 24, when the FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents carried out search warrants at the offices of state Sen. Martin Sandoval in the Capitol and in west suburban Cicero.
No one has been criminally charged so far in the ongoing probe.
Lyons officials had issued a blanket denial of open records requests from the media, claiming federal investigators demanded that no information be released about the warrant. But the town acquiesced after being sued by several media outlets.