The 21st Show

Supreme Court rulings could impact Madigan corruption case and Jan. 6 prosecutions


Cases against former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and some of his allies have relied in part on a federal bribery law. But the Supreme Court ruled that the law does not cover cases where a state or local official got gifts or payments after the fact for actions they'd already taken.

Some of the cases of federal prosecutors against hundreds of people for their roles in the Jan. 6 riots relied on charges of obstructing an official proceeding. But the Supreme Court raised the standard for prosecutors to prove an obstruction charge, which could affect some of the Jan. 6 cases.

Today, we'll end the show by learning more about the decisions and talking with two reporters who have been following the cases. 


Hannah Meisel

Reporter, Capitol News Illinois

Jon Seidel

Federal court reporter, Chicago Sun-Times