Feds Investigating Payments to Ousted Madigan Aide: Report

Kevin Quinn is a former top political aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and the brother of 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn

Federal investigators are looking into thousands of dollars Illinois lobbyists allegedly paid to Kevin Quinn, a former top aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan, after Quinn was ousted from Madigan's organization over allegations of sexual harassment, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

The Tribune reported that Quinn, who is also the brother of 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn, received a total of $10,000 in payments from accounts linked to five current or former lobbyists for ComEd beginning in September 2018.

Kevin Quinn was a top political operative for Madigan for nearly 20 years until February 2018, when consultant Alaina Hampton, who had also previously worked for Madigan, accused him of sexual harassment.

Hampton later filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the powerful lawmaker's political committee and the Democratic Party of Illinois ignored her complaints of inappropriate conduct and retaliated against her for bringing them forward.

Federal agents raided Kevin Quinn's home in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood last month, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. No charges have been filed against Kevin Quinn.

The Tribune reported Wednesday that the FBI is investigating checks reportedly totaling $10,000 paid to Quinn after he was fired from his state and political positions.

Those payments made beginning last year and continuing through 2019 include, according to the Tribune: four $1,000 checks from the law firm of former state Rep. John Bradley, two $1,000 checks from a government affairs firm that employs Madigan's former political director, a $1,000 check from the lobbying firm of another former Madigan political director, a $2,000 check from a City Hall lobbyist, and a $1,000 check from a businessman who has worked with Madigan's law firm specializing in property tax appeals.

Except for the unidentified businessman, all those who sent Kevin Quinn checks either currently work, or have in the past, in lobbying for ComEd, according to the Tribune.

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