A few days after the City Council approved a luxury hotel in the West Loop, a key contractor was hit up for a contribution by Ald. Danny Solis.
Federal investigations of Aldermen Ed Burke and Danny Solis
After the City Council’s most powerful and longest-serving alderman, Edward M. Burke (14th), was charged with attempted extortion, the Sun-Times broke the news that fellow Ald. Danny Solis (25th) played a role in helping federal investigators build their case. The story continues to develop with new revelations about Solis and his associates, including Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
In October 1987, Harold Washington tapped Davis — then alderman for the West Side 29th Ward — to be the Zoning Committee chairman for ‘2 reasons.’
A federal judge on Monday ordered lawyers to remove the deposition of House Speaker Mike Madigan and others from a publicly accessible court site.
Four aldermen were named by powerbroker Victor Reyes as sending him business. Two of the four admit it but insist there was no quid pro quo.
Is this the final nail for the “Velvet Hammer?” Or is the powerful House speaker invincible?
Hynes’ name repeatedly pops up in the affidavit filed to win approval of warrants for Ald. Danny Solis’ home and offices after FBI wiretapped Solis.
Gonzales’ lawyer, former Republican Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica, was able to ask Madigan plenty of questions.
Most of the personal purchases and payments described were made on 25th Ward credit cards in the name of Solis and his sister, Grace Perales.
The four aldermen said Solis has disgraced and abandoned his community and it’s not enough for him simply to resign as Zoning Committee chairman.
Sources say that See Y. Wong secretly recorded a conversation for the feds with a Chinese hotel developer, Ald. Danny Solis and Mike Madigan.
Here are five key takeaways from investigation published in the Sun-Times Tuesday.
Solis’ resignation means Ald. James Cappleman (46th) will preside over the Zoning Committee.
Watch Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman break down Solis’ involvement in the federal investigation against Burke with Sun-Times reporters.
Ald. Danny Solis hopes he’s remembered well for secretly working for the feds to help them root out corruption in Chicago politics.
Madigan, who isn’t facing any criminal charges, was recorded by an associate of a developer during a meeting at Madigan’s law office in 2014.