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Alleged Money Laundering complaint filed against Friends of Michael J. Madigan campaign

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On October 5, 2018

Illinois (ECWd) –

LaSalle County resident and local attorney Julie Ajster filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections alleging money laundering and contributions exceeding the state limit by the Friends of Michael J. Madigan campaign.

“It is my belief that Friends of Michael J. Madigan laundered a $55,400.00 campaign contribution to Friends of Lance Yednock through Friends of Marty Durkan.”

“On or about February 22, 2018, Friends of Michael J. Madigan contributed $55,400.00 to Friends of Marty Durkan. (Exhibit A). On or about March 19, 20118, Friends of Marty Durkan accepted the $55,400.00 contribution. (Exhibit B). On or about August 29, 2018, Friends of Lance Yednock accepted a $55,400.00 contribution from Friends of Marty Durkan. (Exhibit C).”

“The $55,400.00 contribution to Friends of Lance Yednock laundered through Friends of Marty Durkan in addition to the $1,582.21 makes the total contributed to Friends of Lance Yednock by Friends of Michael J. Madigan $56,982.21. Said total contributions violate 10 ILCS 5/9-8.5. Said statute limits campaign contributions to $55,400.00 (statute says $50,000.00 but due to inflation, the amount is $55,400.00). Friends of Michael J. Madigan contributed to Friends of Lance Yednock the sum of $56,982.21, in excess of the limits of 10 ILCS 5/9-8.5.”

Considering the State Board of Elections was unable to ever answer the original complaint on the State Auditor General Frank Mautino’s inappropriate campaign expenditures as a State Representative, we don’t hold much stock in this complaint going anywhere.

A copy of her complaint can be downloaded at this link or viewed below.

SBE Complaint 10.03.18

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  • Elizabeth Gruber
    Posted at 14:28h, 05 October

    Another brave soul out there trying to do the right thing. Thank you Julie.

  • Sandra Gray
    Posted at 14:20h, 07 October

    Corruption is a cancer that infects our politicians locally, state wide, and nationally. Whatever happened to honest, upstanding people who actually listened to the people who vote them into office?