CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - Sex, drugs and secret tapes at Chicago’s City Hall, according to new information from an FBI search warrant involving Alderman Danny Solis.
The documents offer the first explanation of why Alderman Solis decided to wear a wire for the feds. They also reveal that back in 2014, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was secretly recorded by the FBI.
The conversation reportedly centered on plans to build a new hotel at a lot in Chinatown. FBI documents show an associate of the developer secretly recorded Speaker Madigan for investigators during a 2014 meeting.
Now, five years later, Madigan says, “To my knowledge, I am not under investigation by the Office of the U.S. Attorney...."
Tim Schneider is chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.
“I think the speaker has said for decades that there's been a firewall between his business practice and his actions as a public official. We see now that that's not the case,” Schneider said.
Solis showed up later at the meeting and it's unclear whether he was the actual target. The FBI documents also reveal that Solis began cooperating with the FBI after he was caught trading political favors at City Hall for sex acts at massage parlors, preferably with Asian women. He also exchanged deeds at City Hall for Viagra.
Solis resigned Tuesday as chairman of the Zoning Committee, but is still on the ballot for alderman.
“This is exactly what's wrong with Chicago politics. Alderman Danny Solis and Alderman Burke is exactly what we need to end,” said candidate for alderman Hilario Dominguez.
“As a community, we need to understand what he was doing. a hero for who, because obviously hew wasn't serving us,” said candidate for alderman Alex Acevedo.
FOX 32 left messages again at Alderman Solis's office Tuesday since the news broke last week. He's made no public remarks regarding his wearing a wire for the FBI.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the following statement regarding Solis’ resignation as chairman: “Alderman Danny Solis has recognized that he cannot effectively preside over the matters before the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards, and he has communicated with my office his intent to resign as Chairman. I commend him for making the right decision for the City Council and the City of Chicago.”