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State Week: Key government witness on the stand in ComEd bribery trial

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Fidel Marquez is a former Commonwealth Edison executive turned government informant. His testimony dominated the federal trial of four other former ComEd officials during the week.

Prosecutors used Marquez in an effort to show how the utility worked to keep on the good side of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The government alleges jobs, contracts and money were provided so that Madigan, who is scheduled for trial next year, would help ComEd with favorable legislation.

Defense attorneys attempted to discredit Marquez as someone trying to save himself from a long prison term.

Host Sean Crawford and Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler are joined by WBEZ reporter Dave McKinney, who has been covering the trial.

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Dave McKinney, state politics reporter at WBEZ, spent 19 years as the Chicago Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief with additional stops at Reuters and the Daily Herald. His work also has been published in Crain’s Chicago Business, the New York Times and Chicago Magazine.