October 28, 2021

Powerful Chicago Democrat to resign from Illinois House seat amid bribery allegations

Chicago, Illinois has a reputation for political corruption. Longtime Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan has been a huge part of the problem for decades, but his time is finally up.

Madigan announced his retirement amid murmurings that he is the unnamed political official who prosecutors say received bribes from Illinois power company ComEd, Breitbart reported. The 78-year-old Democratic state representative lost his decades-long speakership last month.

The scheme had apparently been going on for years, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office fined ComEd $200 million in 2019. The company was accused of awarding contracts to cronies of “Public Official A” as well as no-show employment positions.

“It’s no secret that I have been the target of vicious attacks by people who sought to diminish my many achievements lifting up the working people of Illinois,” Madigan claimed in a statement. “The fact is, my motivation for holding elected office has never wavered. I have been resolute in my dedication to public service and integrity, always acting in the interest of the people of Illinois.”

Madigan has yet to be charged or formally implicated in the scandal. However, because the bribery was so pervasive, officials are incredulous that he could have been in the dark about it.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker praised his fellow Democrat for his years of service, saying that Madigan and his family “deserve kudos for the public service that former Speaker Madigan did.” While Pritzker admitted the accusations against Madigan were “not good,” he stopped short of admonishing his conduct.

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin did not speak with the same reserve. Durkin said that the state had been “looking forward to” Madigan’s departure and that his “autocratic rule over the decades has not made Illinois a more prosperous nor competitive state.”

It appears those around him think there’s something to the allegations since it cost Madigan the speakership he held since 1983, with the exception of two years where the position was occupied by a Republican. Regardless of the final outcome of the investigation, it’s always a good day when there’s one fewer career politician holding onto a leadership position.

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Junius (@guest_1143332)
8 months ago

Resigning should only be the beginning for the criminals, prison should be their next job!

Sean Richman (@guest_1143432)
Reply to  Junius
8 months ago

I live in north central illinois and all that i can think of is good for down state,but,don’t stop at madigan.

Linda (@guest_1143532)
Reply to  Junius
8 months ago

Resigning should not be an ultimatum. He should have to pay for his crimes by more than just retiring!

Robert W (@guest_1144672)
Reply to  Junius
8 months ago

10-4!!

Mad as Hell (@guest_1143338)
8 months ago

Shocker, really they all are taking bribes this one just got caught! Should be put in JAIL!!!!!

sturgis (@guest_1143354)
Reply to  Mad as Hell
8 months ago

AGREE!!!

Lee Harant (@guest_1143352)
8 months ago

Prison sounds good. Ordinary citizens would be getting 5-10. Now the Biden admin woud like to see him The big D at the end of his name gives him that opportunity

JDavis951 (@guest_1143359)
8 months ago

WOO HOO, ONE MORE DOWN 200+ TO GO!

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Rose P (@guest_1144632)
Reply to  JDavis951
8 months ago

I copied/pasted ALL the #s, will begin calling daily on Monday until I get some decent response. We have had more than enough of this ugly, evil, America hating & the evil people creating it!!!

Jeff Shackelford (@guest_1143372)
8 months ago

Typical democrat getting paid for doing favors.”crooks all of them damn democratsAnd they call Trump a crook.You voters go ahead and vote from crooked democrats.Nothing will be done about it,democratic protect their crooks.Just look at the Biden family.

Ken Miller (@guest_1143381)
8 months ago

Good riddance. This A whole has been stealing and bankrupting the state of Illinois for decades. P O $

Carol (@guest_1143387)
8 months ago

One down, hundreds to go!

Pollty (@guest_1143398)
8 months ago

More to resign

Lu (@guest_1143407)
8 months ago

He is the crook that did this……The bigger crooks that are still there continue to cover for each other and continue to steal from us….What are we waiting for?????? why don’t we start our own communication pathways?????why are we allowing the corrupt media to muzzle us????? Resist……..obstruct……..stop using twitter and facebook….

percy (@guest_1143462)
8 months ago

I agree with this:
Shocker, really they all are taking bribes this one just got caught! Should be put in JAIL!!!!!

Tipical Demoncrats finanily one got caught

Heinrich (@guest_1143510)
8 months ago

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Pondman (@guest_1143520)
8 months ago

Big difference between retiring and resigning which is it.

Gary m (@guest_1143579)
8 months ago

Finally the MSM is apologizing for the poor coverage of the Cuomo pandemic debacle. Now you have DE Blasio attacking Cuomo to deflect from his own failures, now that Trump is gone they can’t blame him. So, what you are seeing now is that the rats are coming out of their rat holes to eat each other. Isn’t this what Trump said would happen?

Gary m (@guest_1143580)
8 months ago

We the people need a 9/11 type committee to investigate the government to see if there are any commie [email protected] type infiltrators in the government, especially the white house and the congress. People that are trying to subvert our government, and our way of life. We need to start with Pelosi and this general that she has hire to corrupt the military. This general is a extremist that will destroy the military.

T.Banacek (@guest_1143584)
8 months ago

Does Illinois have any honest politicians? Rhetorical question.

Jdw (@guest_1143639)
8 months ago

I do believe that there should be “TERM LIMITS” for any political office. Leaches like biden who has 47 years in political office would not be able to do so with term limits. This is the only way to start cleaning the garbage out of government. I am saying all the way to mayors who have proven to be as corrupt and act like miniature dictators. Lobbyist need to be kicked to the crub as well since they generally represent corruption.

Sharon (@guest_1144552)
8 months ago

What did u do with my comments

James 75th Regiment (@guest_1144661)
8 months ago

A corrupt politician out of Chicago like “Chim Chim” your kidding me…LOL…

Brigit (@guest_1144853)
8 months ago

Does a Democrat politician that isn’t dirty exist? I think not.

Jim (@guest_1145698)
8 months ago

Glad that Ill. is starting to get rid of the criminals in their political system. They need to go forward and have him sent to prison and not just lose his seat because he resigned. He is a criminal and needs to be sent to jail and as much of the money he received through criminal activities returned to the State.

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8 months ago

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