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State

Metra probe closed without action against Madigan

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois inspector general governing the General Assembly has closed an investigation into whether House Speaker Michael Madigan violated the law by recommending hiring at the Metra transit service.

A staff member for the Chicago Democrat wrote in a letter released publicly Thursday that Inspector General Tom Homer found no violation of law in his probe of Madigan and two other Democratic House members.

Homer would not confirm ending the investigation, citing confidentiality laws. But he says in a statement that closing an investigation "based on insufficient evidence does not constitute a good housekeeping seal of approval."

He says he will submit legislative proposals in coming days urging reform of patronage laws.

Madigan requested the investigation last summer after an ousted Metra CEO claimed political interference on hiring.

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