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$220M toll of priest sex abuse on Chicago Archdiocese

The archdiocese has paid more than $80 million since 2001 to 160 people represented by Jeff Anderson’s firm, the attorney said. That’s a large chunk of the estimated $220 million that the archdiocese had spent in total to settle such claims, the church confirmed.

The $80 million includes new settlements that Anderson said were reached in recent days on behalf of seven victims of the five former priests: Daniel McCormack, John William Curran, Edward J. Maloney, Robert D. Craig and Robert E. Mayer.

Among those who pursued cases against the archdiocese was Joe Iacono, 68, who said the Rev. Thomas Francis Kelly abused him when he was 11 and a parishioner at St. John Vianney in Northlake. Kelly, who died in 1990, is listed by the archdiocese as a clergy member with substantiated claims of sexual misconduct.

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